Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

By:
Gari Julius Weilbacher
I am a product of the big three: I grew up at Har Zion in the last days of the Wynnefield shtetl; I graduated from Akiba Hebrew Academy; and I went to Camp Ramah in the Poconos. In addition, I was born in Israel, my parents were actors with the Habimah theater in Tel Aviv, and my brother is a...
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Paper's Election Analysis Ignores Scare Tactics I am writing not as an ideologue, but as an open-minded voter and reader. Your Nov. 4 cover story about the election results indicated, as the headline read, that Jews had little to do with Pat Toomey's Senate victory. What you glossed over was the extremely negative campaign that the Republican Jewish Coalition ran...
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Let's Face the Facts: GOP Made Sizable Inroads Into the Community
By:
Matt Brooks
Across the country, the Republican Jewish Coalition played a decisive role in last week's elections. The RJC proved meaningful not only in direct donations from the RJC PAC to candidates who support our members' interests -- free markets, support for Israel, a strong national defense -- but also in our own advocacy work in stimulating debate in the community. Nowhere...
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The Aftermath of the Midterm Elections: What the Future Holds
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Rabbi David A. Teutsch
Every two years, we see tens of millions of dollars' worth of vitriolic political attack ads, many of them coming from outside groups with no ties to Pennsylvania. Politicians, pundits and voters all decry their use, but the negativity always returns for one simple reason: It works. We don't like to admit it, but the reason such tactics are used...
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By:
John Cohn
More than a decade ago, during Benjamin Netanyahu's first term as prime minister, Palestinians threatened to unilaterally declare statehood. Israel resisted, and the idea went into limbo. Negotiations with Netanyahu's successor, Ehud Barak, bogged down, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat walked away from Camp David, starting the violence that began the second intifada. In the past year, Palestinians have once...
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