Sunday, May 3, 2015 Iyyar 14, 5775

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Pat Toomey's Senate campaign headquarters in Allentown sits across the road from the intricate network of roller coasters over at Dorney Park, perhaps serving as an apt symbol of the unpredictable nature of the wild ride known as politics.
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While the U.S. Senate race to replace Arlen Specter has produced a heated, ongoing debate on U.S. policy toward Israel, the Pennsylvania gubernatorial contest has generated relatively little fervor in the Jewish community. Still, the next occupant of the governor's mansion -- be it Republican Tom Corbett or Democrat Dan Onorato -- will be confronted with issues that could have...
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The perennial issue of whether or not to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem surfaced this week during a congressional debate at the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, N.J. U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.), a freshman lawmaker, is defending his turf against Republican Jon Runyan, a former offensive tackle for the Philadelphia...
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For the better part of an hour-and-a-half, the moderator of a debate between U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-District 8) and the man who formerly held the Bucks County seat, Republican Michael Fitzpatrick, tried in vain to get the raucous crowd of 600 to settle down. The audience on Sunday greeted each candidate with football-like chants of "Murphy" and "Mike" as...
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Five Jews with divergent viewpoints gathered last week inside a Mount Airy sukkah to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some blamed events on the Arabs; others said the problem was Israel. The conversation could not have been more topical: Sept. 26 was the final day of Israel's 10-month moratorium on settlement-building. The future of the direct talks remained in doubt --...
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