Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

By:
Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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Despite Budget Woes, Group Has Lots to Give I would like to react to the July 15 cover story, "Finding the Feasible Path to Inclusion." As board chair of InterFaithways, I believe that we should not be discouraged regarding recent allocations developments -- our cause is right, at the right time! I plan to fight to continue and grow InterFaithways...
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When a member of the Israeli Knesset tried to ram through legislation on conversion that would delegitimize non-Orthodox Jews, American Jewry rightly responded with a chorus of protest. Now that a woman has been arrested for carrying a Torah at the Western Wall, U.S. Jewry should respond with similar outrage. Both issues -- dubbed "Who is a Jew" and "Women...
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Once again, Pennsylvania is playing host to one of the hottest elections of the season. And once again, a campaign targeted at the Jewish electorate is beginning to turn ugly. There is much at stake in the race to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Arlen Specter. The Democrats are fighting to hold on to their majority while...
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By:
Jerome A. Chanes
With the American Jewish Congress apparently closing its doors, there won't be many mourners saying Kaddish. Instead, the prevailing communal sentiment will probably be: "We have too many agencies; one less will not matter." The serious financial problems that had plagued the AJCongress over recent decades became a mortal threat in the past year-and-a-half as a result of "L'Affaire Madoff,"...
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