Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

By:
Lauren Bastien
Remembering is fundamentally important to Jews, from the pre-biblical days to the present. We remember at Purim; we remember at Yom Kippur; we remember on Yom Hashoah. And on Passover, we are commanded to remember when we were strangers in Egypt, our Exodus and subsequent freedom. As Jews, being the "stranger" -- the ger -- is central to our identity...
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By:
Jack Rosen
Thousands of people have been clicking onto a YouTube clip of a brash 28-year-old named "Ben Nitay," testifying in a college mock court that there's no need for a Palestinian state. Many would like to see in this old clip the current views of Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. But as Ariel Sharon once said regarding his own transformation...
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When we sit down to our seders next week, this year, as always, the central character of the Exodus story will be missing from the Haggadah. For many commentators, Moses' absence from the retelling of our journey from slavery to freedom only enhances his stature as one of the great Jewish leaders of all time. There are various explanations for...
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Claims Not True About Intelligence Pick's Defeat In his opinion piece ("The Freeman Defeat: It Turned Out to Be an Inside Job," March 19), Douglas Bloomfield said that certain unnamed Jewish groups claimed credit for Charles "Chas" W. Freeman's withdrawal from his appointment as National Intelligence head. The writer also said that these groups used the issue as a stick...
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By:
Rabbi Abraham Shemtov
The Franklin Institute has been getting a lot of national attention of late for its exhibit displaying one of only two remaining telescopes used by Galileo. On Wednesday, April 8, at exactly 6:34 a.m, when the sun rises on the East Coast, I will be on the rooftop of the institute's Fels Planetarium, yet for an entirely different reason. I...
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