Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775

Honoring Soviet Jewry movement should not lead to an orgy of self-congratulation
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The words "Let My People Go" and cries for "Freedom for Soviet Jewry" are expressions that, for many of us, still set our hearts racing. But those battle cries are now as much the property of historians as entreaties to "Remember Pearl Harbor." The reason is that, contrary to the expectations of a largely skeptical world, the Soviet Jewry movement...
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The hearings held last week in Harrisburg on legislation that would force the state's pension system to divest itself of holdings in companies that do business with Iran and Sudan illustrate just how hard it is to move the state bureaucracy and its accomplices in the legislature. At issue are two separate bills. One is sponsored by State Rep. Babette...
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Want the 'Next Big Idea?' How About Shabbat? Contrary to the suggestion of the Jewish Exponent's editorial page, I remain unconvinced that increased funding for Jewish day schools should be the "next big idea" to ensure continuity ("Education's Our Only 'Next Big Idea,' " Nov. 8). Certainly, funding for Jewish education on all levels should remain a top priority. But...
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Shelley Berkley
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Annapolis soon, attempting to succeed where others have failed: to achieve a lasting peace agreement between the two sides of the conflict. Unfortunately, Rice appears ready to follow the same path as her predecessors -- of broad, unfulfilled promises; painful sacrifices on the part of Israel; and a...
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Is Life Too Good?
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Is Life Too Good? I've had a long and troubled relationship with National Public Radio, mostly because -- surprise, surprise -- of how it deals with Israel-related news. But I've never had anything but admiration for its business feature called "Marketplace." And the staff has outdone itself with its series called "Consumed," which has been a multilayered look at the...
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