Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

Local and national Jewish organizations have taken the highly unusual step of actively lobbying for the $800-plus billion economic recovery package that is making its way through Congress. And well they should. Whether we have been touched personally by the economic crisis or not -- and many Jews have, in one way or another -- we, like all Americans, have...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
Tu B'Shevat -- the New Year for trees that begins at sundown on Feb. 8 -- is a minor holiday, but one that grows in importance in our rapidly climate-challenged world. To the Kabbalists of 16th-century Tzfat, Tu B'Shevat was when the Tree of Life in the center of creation renewed the flow of life to the universe. They developed...
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By:
David A. Harris
I have long admired Turkey. Yet with the outburst of animosity for Israel displayed most prominently by its prime minister in Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend, coupled with the anxiety awakened in the Turkish Jewish community, I wonder what's going on and what the future holds. If this only emanated from the "street" or from an extremist fringe, it would...
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Paper Ignores Another School Involved in Plan I recently read the cover story "A Tale of Two Initiatives" in the Jan. 29 Jewish Exponent and was a bit dismayed. As director of a Jewish day school in the greater Philadelphia area that's participating in the Kohelet Foundation's initiative (and the only one located in Bucks County), I was surprised to...
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A pall of uncertainty and despair hangs over Israel as its citizens head to the polls next week to elect a new leader. The enthusiasm and optimism that accompanied the election of Barack Obama, despite the problems he inherited, are nowhere to be found in the streets of Jerusalem, Haifa or Beersheva. Instead, Israelis face a difficult political choice at...
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