Monday, July 14, 2014 Tammuz 16, 5774
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The Editor's Desk The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania has come and gone, but there are several important takeaways for us as a community to consider: 1. Campus activism is alive and well. It's a shame that it sometimes takes adversity to energize the masses, but pro-Israel students on the Penn campus stepped up to...
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Gari Julius Weilbacher
I had just completed seven weeks of radiation when I attended my first Komen Race for the Cure nine years ago. I walked the survivor's walk down the Philadelphia Museum of Art's steps, stunned by the hundreds of women by my side. Somehow, my family found me in that sea of pink and I fell into the strong arms of...
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Jon Haber
As with most controversies surrounding anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, including the upcoming BDS conference at the University of Pennsylvania, the debate has centered on free speech versus hate speech. Although First Amendment issues are always worth discussing, such talk misses one of the most important aspects of BDS: What a loser of a campaign it has been...
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Tami Lehman-Wilzig
There's something about trees. Shel Silverstein's children's book classic The Giving Tree proves the point. Trees are sustenance. They provide comfort and love, even shelter. Unconditional love is what they bestow. But do we give back? With Tu B'Shvat as the next holiday on our collective radar, beginning the evening of Feb. 7, the question is a timely one. The...
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Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Can there be anything more reprehensible than the recent spectacle of haredi Orthodox Jewish boys wearing yellow stars of David and striped black-and-white concentration camp uniforms at a demonstration in Jerusalem? Offended by Israeli authorities' efforts to curtail abuse of women and girls in haredi neighborhoods, the demonstrators desecrated the memory of the more than 1.5 million Jewish children whose...
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