Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775

By:
Mitchell G. Bard
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to give up his leadership if Israel does not satisfy his demands for a complete settlement freeze. Rather than beg him to stay and pressure Israel to cave in to his demands, Abbas should be told not to let the door hit him on the way out; he's been a catastrophic failure for...
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By:
Rachel Lewis, JE Feature
As our orientation for Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps came to a close the first week of September, we had just begun the process of navigating the intrigue of New Orleans, its unique Jewish community, and our excitement and anxiety about beginning our new jobs at various nonprofit groups throughout the city. Amid this amorphous, post-college time, I and nine...
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It's not every day that a former president comes to speak to the local Jewish community. But President Bill Clinton did just that last week to headline the official launch of the 2010 annual campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With his well-known wit and rhetorical finesse, he drew an important parallel between his post-presidency work through the...
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It's a Moment of Pride for the Entire Community The announcement of the Staub-Spitko wedding in your Dec. 3 issue -- the first ever in the Jewish Exponent to acknowledge a same-sex marriage -- represents a proud moment for the Jewish community and for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. I applaud the paper's change in policy, which now includes gay and...
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By:
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer
Do you remember the line drawing of an old woman who, if you shift your eyes a fraction of an inch, can suddenly reappear as a beautiful girl with a hat? I thought of that well-known perceptual illusion this summer when I studied the biblical narrative of Joseph at a retreat for Jewish and Muslim emerging religious leaders. We chose...
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