Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

Hopes for co-existence live, but they must be placed in the context of ongoing strife
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Visitors to Israel are often hard-pressed to assimilate much of what they see. But occasionally, all of the disparate elements of Israeli society with its heavy baggage of history, culture and politics can be placed into a comprehensible perspective. Such a moment came for me last week while attending the International Conference of Jewish Newspaper Editors. Among the many interesting...
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One thing I've noticed after working in Center City for 36 years - aside from the fact that the young people seem to be getting far more numerous and far younger than ever before - is that so few people dress for work. No one's going to congratulate me for that insight and, by writing such a sentence, I know...
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In a recent speech at a Washington, D.C. celebration of the American Jewish Committee's centennial, prominent Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua provoked and angered his audience when he told them that their lives were, more or less, pointless. What he said was that the only place where Jews could keep their identity was in the State of Israel - and that...
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A Deal This Businessman Simply Doesn't Get I learned from a story in the Jewish Exponent (City & Suburb: "Palestinian Legislator to Appeal for Support," April 27) that a legal adviser to the Philadelphia City Council and a local businessman were to host Hanan Ashwari - one of Yasser Arafat's mouthpieces - to raise funds for a "children's charity" with...
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Douglas M. Bloomfield
I'm going out on a limb and predicting that when the blockbuster movie "The Da Vinci Code" opens this week, Christians outraged by what they consider the film's blasphemy will not riot in the streets, fire-bomb theaters or issue fatwahs on actor Tom Hanks, director Ron Howard or author Dan Brown. Many Christians may feel the book and film blaspheme...
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