Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

What better time to reflect on the warm and welcoming embrace of Shabbat than during this year's record-setting, snow-infused winter? As our cover story this week illustrates, introductions to Shabbat rituals and experiences are all the rage in our area, from a "Shabbat U" at Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to "A Taste of Shabbat" at Congregation Ohev Shalom...
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Monroe E. Price
Each day, there's a new drama in the papers or on TV about the complexities of citizenship -- the yearning to acquire it, the frustrations of denial, the abuses and the benefits. Citizenship as status is one of the defining narratives of an identity laden and struggling global system of nation states. As I and my children have sorted out...
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Adam Oded
I imagine that many people nodded their heads as they read the findings in the 2009 Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia indicating a graying population and a dearth of younger Jews. For me, it raised more questions than answers. In the last year, I have met hundreds of young Jewish adults who have moved to Philadelphia. Some of these...
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Douglas Bloomfield
Israelis and Palestinians are about to take a giant step backwards that might help them move toward peace. After more than 16 years of face-to-face negotiations, they are on the verge of reverting to indirect talks through an American mediator. It is a sign of the lack of trust between the adversaries, and their lack of real commitment to what...
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Every several years, the tenor of conversation in the Jewish community reaches such a feverish pitch that it necessitates a new call for civility. Now is one of those times. In fact, many observers and activists well-seasoned in the rough-and-tumble world of Jewish politics say that they have never before witnessed the level of stridency and vitriol that is characterizing...
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