Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
By:
David Bedein
While the Palestinian Authority has witnessed unprecedented economic growth of late, life for 4 million descendants of Arab refugees who live inside or contiguous to their presumably "temporary" facilities has remained stagnant. UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which oversees the life of Arab refugees, premises all its policies on adherence to the "right of return" to villages...
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By:
Malcolm Lazin
I am a LGBT Jew with strong ties to Israel. As a collegian, I spent a summer working on a kibbutz and have returned to Israel on a mission sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and for World Pride in Jerusalem, which occurred during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. Given these strong connections, I am proud...
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By:
Rabbi Peter Rigler
Last week, my wife, Rabbi Stacy Rigler, and I, along with many others in our area, participated in the Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge. The program challenged us to do what 1 in 7 people in the greater Philadelphia region do every day of their lives: experience what it means to live on $5 a day for food. This experience...
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By:
Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Some will tell you that we need less debate in the Jewish community, that for the sake of unity we need to stifle dissent and limit the amount we argue. I say that we need more debate, and that we will emerge the stronger for it. But what we need is the right kind of debate. Some will tell you...
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By:
Kenneth Jacobson
A recent article by Israeli journalist Yaron London headlined "We Need Fewer Haredim" and two major pieces in The New York Times about the haredi approach to sex abuse cases highlight the challenge of addressing serious issues emanating from the haredi world without demonizing an entire community. Questions of avoiding stereotypes of large groups while not rationalizing bad behavior by...
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