Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

I'm a Knee-Jerk Lover of Israel, and Yet ... Like many Jewish Exponent subscribers, I'm knee-jerk pro-Israel. That said, I wish to raise a couple of issues that might otherwise make me look less than loyal to the Jewish state. First, does Israel know what's best for Israel? I'd always assumed it did; should I still be sure? I confess...
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On the eve of Israel's 62nd birthday, it is easy to get caught up in the political, diplomatic and religious struggles of the state. In this era of a nuclear-ambitious Iran and growing intransigence among Israel's Arab neighbors, these issues are obviously critical. But to focus on them alone misses something much more fundamental -- how we as Jews in...
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Who would have imagined that there would be a Jewish angle to the sex-abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church? Yet here we are, still reeling from the stunning pronouncement by the pope's preacher comparing the scrutiny of the Vatican to collective violence against Jews through the ages. The comparison was irresponsible at best, pernicious at worst. That it would happen...
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Elliot J. Rosen
As another Yom Hashoah nears, it is important to recognize that each year, there will be fewer alive who were witnesses to that horror in history. During my years as a funeral director, I've agonized over watching the growing number of Holocaust survivors fade rapidly from our midst. Many of us fixate on the 6 million men, women and children...
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Torah Was Given to All, Not Just to the Haredi Rabbi Julie Schonfeld's opinion piece, "Deciphering a New Equation in Israel-Diaspora Relations," in the April 1 issue is spot on in highlighting the need to stand up to the attempt by the exclusionary haredi black-hat culture to impose its "fundamentalism" upon Israeli society. Since when is stringency the hallmark of...
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