Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774
After a year marked by turmoil and strife -- the equally hopeful/anxious Arab Spring, a world economy that, despite predictions, still seems to be spiraling out of control, an election season that's been marked by a carnival spirit -- it's quite pleasing to realize that our city provides its inhabitants with lovely pastimes to forget about all the doom and...
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It's no secret that Birthright Israel is one of the most successful innovations of the American Jewish community over the past decade. What's not so well-known --unless you're a parent of a child who's been shut out -- is that each go-round, only some 40 percent of the young adults who seek a coveted spot on the free tour through...
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The most recent dust-up between Israel and American Jewry lasted less than a week but it spoke volumes about the worrisome disconnect between the two global centers of Jewish life.
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Sixty-four years after the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab entities, a two-state solution appears nearly as remote a possibility as it did when the Arab world rejected it the first time around.
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We Jews are no stranger to the notion of giving thanks. The observant among us recite such blessings many times each day, beginning with a morning prayer thanking God for enabling us to wake up. For others, prayerful thanks come somewhat less frequently, perhaps with a blessing over a Shabbat meal or a Shehecheyanu, expressing appreciation for having reached a...
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