Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
By:
Rabbi Carole B. Balin
After her Bat Mitzvah in 1956, Margie Berkowitz remembers how her Zayde would say: "Margelle, chant your haftarah." He couldn't believe that a girl could become "Bar Mitzvahed." In our day, Bat Mitzvah shocks few zaydes, and bubbes. In fact, thousands of bubbes who missed the opportunity as girls have followed their daughters and granddaughters onto the bimah to mark...
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By:
Yoram Hazony
Most people don’t think the fate of Judaism will be decided in the universities. When people talk about “the fate of Judaism,” they usually think about the survival of Israel or about Jewish education at the elementary or high school level.
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By:
Jay Sekulow and Robert Ash
In a world where nuclear weapons could soon be in the hands of rogue nations like Iran, an Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be fully justified.
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By:
Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum
Clearly the story of Purim ends well -- at least for the Jewish people. Near the end of the Megillah, Esther saves herself and our people through an act that is both honest and brave. But what happens next? What of Esther and her relationship with King Ahasuerus after these last miracles recorded in the Bible, the miracle of Haman's...
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By:
Lila Corwin Berman
Wait for a sunny day in Philadelphia and take a walk up North Broad Street. Start at City Hall and point yourself north, toward Temple University. If you have not strolled these parts recently, you may be surprised by the growth and development, as well as by the painful scenes. Stop on the front steps of Rodeph Shalom, roughly the...
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