Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
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Congregation Bnai Harim -- a Reform Synagogue in Monroe County in the Poconos -- expected to hold its first-ever service in its newly constructed building on erev Rosh Hashanah back in 2004. But earlier that day, synagogue officials learned that Tobyhanna Township hadn't granted the congregation an occupancy permit -- lighting had to be installed in the parking lot. The...
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Proudly displaying signs bearing phrases like "Israel Must Defend Itself!" and "Israel Is on the Map to Stay," Jews in Bucks County rallied in support of the State of Israel as its battle against the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah hit its 20th day. "This gathering sends a very strong message, and makes it unmistakably clear that our common bond with...
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Like the White House, members of Congress have largely been supportive of Israel's war against Hezbollah, even after a July 30 Israeli air strike on the Lebanese village of Kana -- which Israel said was not intentional and pledged to investigate -- killed more than 50 civilians and led to heightened international criticism of Israel's tactics. Even in America, where...
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It's a safe bet that 17-year-old Zachary Heller never sang "God Bless America" more often than he did in the last couple of weeks. He sang the patriotic favorite a cappella, with recorded music, and finally, with a live musical accompaniment as he faced off against almost 150 other contestants during a local singing competition. In the end, Heller emerged...
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The current stand-off between Israel and Hezbollah represents the latest round in an escalating cold war between the United States and Iran -- with nothing less than the future direction of the entire Middle East at stake -- according to a former state department official and head of a Philadelphia-based think tank. Harvey Sicherman, president and director of the Foreign...
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