Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

By:
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin
Let's start with the good news: 2008 charitable giving by Americans declined by only 2 percent from 2007, which had marked the strongest year for philanthropy this nation ever saw. According to Giving USA, which this week released the results of its annual report, Americans contributed a total of $307.65 billion to charitable causes. The bad news is that with...
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By:
Deborah Dash Moore
Reconstructionist Judaism was born in the United States. It makes sense, then, that Reconstructionist rabbis would want to bring democracy and Judaism together. A new exhibit in Elkins Park, opening this week in conjunction with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's commencement exercises, highlights such efforts. While both Judaism and democracy champion inspiring ideals, Jews and Americans often fail to live up...
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The Obama administration's current obsession over Jewish settlements in the West Bank is misguided. The president may think that publicly pushing the issue will enhance his standing in the Muslim/Arab world and aid his peacemaking efforts, but this approach is likely to backfire. With Iran on the cusp of developing nuclear capabilities -- and its extremist proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah,...
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When Did Abortion Become a Jewish Right? My knowledge of the Hebrew scriptures and Talmud must be far worse than I imagined. I cannot come up with anything anywhere to support your editorial claim that legalized abortion is a "cherished" Jewish freedom ("Yea or Nay for Nominee?" May 28). Howard R. Lurie King of Prussia Praise of Court Candidate May...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
A few weeks ago, I outed Patrick Buchanan, the former senior White House official in the Nixon and Reagan administrations, erstwhile candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and now a highly paid political commentator on MSNBC, for sponsoring a Holocaust-denial forum on his Web site. Within hours of this disclosure in a New York Daily News article, the forum in...
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