Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

As Jan. 1 fast approaches, publications and institutions nationwide have turned to that favorite end of year pastime -- the composing of lists. For the most part, this is a celebratory endeavor, with editors, reviewers and community leaders compiling their favorites among the past year's exertions, whether in politics or culture or some other public pursuit. There exist, of course,...
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Revisiting the Connection Between Jews, Baseball Andrew Sherman's opinion piece, "The Man Who Saved Baseball (for Philly Fans, Anyway)," published in the Dec. 23 Jewish Exponent , was one of the more bizarre articles I've ever read about one of my favorite subjects, the Jewish connection with baseball. It's also filled with faulty assertions. Cliff Lee is an outstanding pitcher...
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By:
Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein
President Barack Obama may have scrapped his "settlements first" Middle East peace approach, but he wasted no time in having Secretary of State Hillary Clinton give a speech on the administration's commitment to a two-state solution and dispatching special envoy George Mitchell back to the region. But recent sentiments expressed by a respected Palestinian official, which were left unchallenged by...
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Archie Gottesman
I get so stressed every Sunday morning when I read the wedding announcements in the newspaper, with the Rachel Cohens and Ben Steins being married by Unitarian ministers to John Christiansons and Christine Browns. Oy. Our Jewish future is leaving. For years, we Jews have bent over backward trying to make Judaism fit every taste. It's clear our openness is...
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Nearly a third of the U.S. Senate showed up to hear Sen. Arlen Specter's farewell speech this week. That the number was considered notable -- it was a more sizable audience than most of his departing colleagues had garnered -- doesn't speak well for the Senate, but it is testament to the widespread respect for the longest-serving senator from Pennsylvania...
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