Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
"We are coming," the chorus of a famous Civil War song declares, "coming our union to restore, we are coming, Father Abraham, with 300,000 more." Like hundreds of thousands of other American citizens, Jews in the north rallied around President Lincoln's call to preserve America as one nation during the Civil War. What compelled so many Jews to respond to...
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By:
David A. Harris
I have long admired Turkey. Yet with the outburst of animosity for Israel displayed most prominently by its prime minister in Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend, coupled with the anxiety awakened in the Turkish Jewish community, I wonder what's going on and what the future holds. If this only emanated from the "street" or from an extremist fringe, it would...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
Tu B'Shevat -- the New Year for trees that begins at sundown on Feb. 8 -- is a minor holiday, but one that grows in importance in our rapidly climate-challenged world. To the Kabbalists of 16th-century Tzfat, Tu B'Shevat was when the Tree of Life in the center of creation renewed the flow of life to the universe. They developed...
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Gary Wexler
There is much to learn from how President Obama led his election campaign and broadcast his vision during the inaugural that can benefit the communal strategies of American Jewry. Yet as a marketer of Jewish life, when I raise the issue -- as I frequently do these days -- I am often told, "Stop using Obama as the example. We...
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Sen. Arlen Specter
Forty-five years ago, John F. Kennedy told graduating seniors at American University that peace was the "necessary rational end of rational man." Having recently returned from a visit to the Middle East, where I met with Israeli and Arab leaders, I believe that Israel and its rivals, excluding Iran, are ready to take a rational step toward peace. But it...
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