Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

By:
Jack Wertheimer
From now on, Jewish groups will likely think twice before using any variation on the word "assimilation." That's one lesson learned from the recent brouhaha over a 34-second commercial on Israeli television promoting the Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa program, which brings young Jews to Israel for sustained periods of work, study and volunteering. The advertisement, which paired photos of...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
As a naturalist who has spent decades sharing nature's wonders, I am trembling in trepidation of our upcoming Torah readings. For me, the juxtaposition between text and reality is just too jarring. As we cycle back on Simchat Torah to the opening words of Bereshit this Saturday night, the Bible begins with a bang--"let there be light"-- and Creation unfolds...
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By:
Adam Levick
On May 20, at 9:30 a.m., I became a citizen of Israel, the first sovereign Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. And, as I walked around Jerusalem on that first day, what struck me most was the feeling of responsibility -- that I wasn't just a supporter anymore. This was now my country, and the responsibilities of citizenship weighed...
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Begin, the Son: Can He Be Right About Obama? I would never ascribe to Benny Begin the qualities of a typical leftist dove, i.e., gullibility and naivété. However, reading the Sept. 17 issue of the Jewish Exponent, I came across the following sentence in the article describing Mr. Begin's recent visit to Philadelphia (City & Suburb: "Begin, the Son, Sees...
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"There is nothing new under the sun." This old adage from Ecclesiastes came to mind repeatedly this week as Palestinian violence threatened a third intifada in Jerusalem and a U.N. council decision to put off action on the controversial Goldstone report created an intra-Palestinian firestorm. Though seemingly unrelated, these developments -- all coming at the height of the Jewish holiday...
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