Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775

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Jared Shelly, Jewish Exponent Feature
The July 2005 terrorist bombing of three trains and a bus in London was the product of years and years of radical Islamists using the capital of England -- not the Middle East -- as a breeding ground for terror, according to British journalist Melanie Phillips. "The 7/7 bombers were boys from middle-class backgrounds who went to ordinary schools, went...
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Ryan Teitman
Before Sulaiman Khatib and Yonatan Shapira had even met, they were bitter enemies, at least in theory. One was a Palestinian activist and prisoner for 10 years in Israeli jails, the other an Israeli pilot who flew more than 100 missions in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. The two -- now members of a group called Combatants for Peace --...
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Ryan Teitman
"I, as a Christian believer, need to be a bigger advocate of Israel, and a better friend to the Jewish people," said William Devlin of Philadelphia, after returning from a five-day stay in Israel. "Now, I have a greater awareness, and now, I can say I've been there." On Sept. 10, Devlin went to Israel as part of a trip...
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And then there were 14. Twenty-six people were supposed to participate in the Philly Pride Mission, the first-ever gay and lesbian mission to Israel sponsored by a local federation -- in this case, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In theory, it was groundbreaking; after all, you'd expect that "first" to go to San Francisco, New York, Miami, even Chicago...
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Elad Fishfeder is your typical Israeli. He's swarthy, thick-haired, lithe, with that hospitable persistence all too common in the Middle East. "Take a paper, take one," he says. "Here, one more even," insists the 30-year-old writer. He's typical, all right, save for an important difference: Fishfeder is religious, and he's also gay. Wearing a kipah and all that it entails...
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