Saturday, August 1, 2015 Av 16, 5775

The hero's welcome that greeted Gilad Shalit as he emerged from the abyss this week was profoundly moving. And it wasn't just Israelis who felt a keen sense of relief and joy when he crossed the border to freedom and family. The poignant homecoming after five years of captivity was shared by Jews everywhere
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News that a deal has been reached to free Gilad Shalit sparked cries of joy throughout the Jewish world this week. We applaud the Israeli government for making a tortuous decision and we fervently pray that he arrives home safely and soon so the healing process can begin and the anguish and torment that has engulfed his family will come...
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Did a controversial ad tell the truth, has the ADL turned its back on its mission and just where does the GOP stand on the political spectrum these days?
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By:
Jack Wertheime
In the middle decades of the 20th century, they were called "mushroom synagogues." They popped up in the waning days of summer to provide High Holiday services, then disappeared at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. Today, "mushroom synagogues" are again in vogue -- but with a critical difference. Where once they were organized mainly by entrepreneurs who saw an opportunity...
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By:
Rabbi Shmuel Jablon
Bad news spreads quickly. Even though it happened on Erev Yom Kippur, the holiest night of the year, word spread rapidly that the Philadelphia Phillies, the overwhelming favorite to win the World Series, had failed to advance past the Divisional Series.
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