Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
By:
Bishop Roy Almquist
There is no place in the world where people live constantly with pressure and fear the way they do in Israel and Palestine. Hardly a week goes by that there's not an incident or a governmental action that draws our attention there. You cannot visit Israel without having profound respect for the optimism of its people, who simply build for...
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Advocacy Corner
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Lori Lowenthal Marcus
It is a perverse human quality, but we are drawn to news stories about human tragedies. Some characteristics of such stories intensify the level of our fascination: descriptions or pictures of gore or disfigurement; pictures of grieving loved ones; and some form of personal connection - no matter how indirect - to those at the center. The journalistic adage, "If...
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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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By:
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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