Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

For Israel, Hope Persists Despite All the Threats This is an open letter to the Philadelphia Jewish community: Each year that we mark the rebirth of the Jewish state after long centuries of exile is a great cause for celebration. On May 14th, 1948, the day the British Mandate expired, the new Jewish state was established with the signing of...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stumped the pundits this week, welcoming negotiations with the Palestinians, giving tacit support to a congressional letter calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and appointing a widely respected moderate as his ambassador to the United States. His pledge that he is committed to negotiations with the Palestinians was made via satellite to...
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By:
Adam Levick
It was March 2006, my first time in Israel. Shabbat had just arrived and, with a gentle breeze at my back, I tentatively approached the Western Wall. I had recently taken the first steps toward observance, and though I was anticipating a journey filled with joy and meaning, my life till then hadn't prepared me for the emotion that took...
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Martin J. Raffel
Why hasn't prevention of a nuclear-armed Iran become a priority of the highest order for the American Jewish community? Many national agencies have long urged more activism, but the intensity at the grass-roots level is missing. One hears many reasons for the low-key response, including an overwhelming media focus on the domestic and global economic crisis. Iran does tend to...
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David A. Harris
GENEVA — Instead of being at the podium, he should be in the dock. That's what I thought as I watched Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad address the supposed anti-racism Durban Review Conference in Geneva last week. It was tragedy masquerading as farce: perhaps no better symbol of all that had gone wrong with a process originally designed to advance the...
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