Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

Har Zion and Its Rabbi Defined Wynnefield Shtetl I lived in the last days of "the Wynnefield shtetl," walking to Har Zion Temple with other kids on Shabbat mornings. In the early 1970s, Rabbi Wolpe was my rabbi and his sons were my friends (Obituaries: "Gerald I. Wolpe, Longtime Rabbi at Har Zion, Dies at 81," May 21). It was...
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Is U.S. Move to Join Human Rights Council a Smart One?
By:
Gregg J. Rickman
On May 12, the United States won election to a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. The only reason for joining such a morally bereft institution would be the fanciful hope of reforming it. Those with experience dealing with the council suggest differently, offering that we should expect outcomes not much different than that of the old U.N. Human...
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By:
Shai Franklin
Durban II has concluded, and nearly everyone has gone home. Next month, however, brings an event far more significant and substantive than any racism-review document or yet another outrageous speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The United States will formally join the United Nations Human Rights Council. Unlike the one-shot Durban Review Conference known as Durban II, the Human Rights...
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By:
Sara Esther Crispa, JE Feature
There we were, sitting in our home office and talking, when suddenly, my husband shot up and bolted out the back door. As I followed him, I heard him scream that some kid had just stolen our 4-year-old daughter's bicycle, which she had received as a birthday gift. As my husband bolted after this kid and his two friends, the...
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The passing of Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe, who died this week at the age of 81, marks the end of an era for Philadelphia Jewry. His legacy extends well beyond Har Zion Temple, the influential congregation where he served as the much-beloved religious leader for 30 years. Though he stepped down from his pulpit a decade ago, he continued to...
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