Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775
By:
Rabbi Michael Knopf
Last week, the Freeh Report revealed that Penn State's leaders covered up Jerry Sandusky's crimes to protect the university's image, its football program and Joe Paterno's reputation. This outrageous moral failure is inexcusable. But in addition to righteous indignation, we might also use the news as an opportunity for self-reflection. As my teacher, Rabbi Sharon Brous, taught in a recent...
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By:
Howard D. Scher
As we at JEVS Human Services celebrate 70 years of service to thousands of people of the Greater Philadelphia community, I don't know how many times I've been asked: "What's Jewish about JEVS?" There's another question that usually accompanies this one -- "So what is it that JEVS does?" These are the most frequent queries people voice about an organization...
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By:
Michael Gordan
On Friday, July 13, Lechu Neranena will celebrate its first anniversary of conducting monthly Friday night services. This Orthodox minyan in Bala Cynwyd is an example of a recent phenomenon, sometimes called the partnership minyan, where women are able to participate more fully than in traditional Orthodox synagogues. Though services are conducted with a mechitzah , or divider, between men...
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Health Care Law Means We'll All Be Healthier
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James Rosenstein
In the days since the U.S. Supreme Court substantially upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there has been much analysis of the court's reasoning, along with speculation about its likely impact on Americans and the economy. But what about its potential effect on the Jewish community? Of course, much of ACA will affect all Americans,...
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Why Obamacare Just Doesn't Make Sense
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David E. Edman
Since the 1970s, when Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to call for "national health insurance," the debate surrounding health reform has ebbed and flowed, but never gone away. Today, questions around reforming our health care system are no longer about whether or not we need it, but only how best to do it. The Affordable Care Act (aka...
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