Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

The JCC says it isn't giving up on South Philly's seniors and, a reader argues, the most inclusive Israel advocacy serves the community best.
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Israeli and U.S. officials have been taking pains in recent days to tamp down the firestorm that erupted after President Barack Obama's controversial speech on the Middle East last week. The real question is whether the continuing mistrust between the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will in the long run undermine what both countries' leaders say they want...
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Rabbi Lynda Targan
We are now observing a period called Sefirat HaOmer, the counting of the Omer, a verbal counting of each of the 49 days plus one between Passover and Shavuot. It is customary during the Omer counting to study Pirkei Avot, a rabbinic blueprint for ethical living, and to ask ourselves the big questions that allow us to be the best...
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Alexander Kornhauser
Peter Beinart's "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," printed last year in the New York Review of Books , was one of the most astonishingly ungrounded articles I've read. He used the piece as a platform to mock the au courant foe of the liberal academic establishment: international Zionism and Israeli right-wing political parties. In his doomsday scenario, Beinart...
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Michael Pasek
In his controversial piece written a year ago, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," Peter Beinart exposed the apathetic stance taken by many young Jews toward Israel. Detailing how young liberal Jews refused to be pigeonholed into a group-think and overarching defense of conservative Israeli politics, Beinart highlighted the dissonance between institutions claiming to embody Jewish values, while supporting...
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