Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
The next few months promise to be difficult ones for Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington this week amid a torrent of unrest in his neighborhood. The infiltration of Palestinians along long-quiet borders on Sunday would seem to suggest that the "Arab Spring" has at last reached Israel, which until now has watched nervously but from a perch...
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The onset of spring brings the inevitable stream of walks, runs and races -- all for good causes. Now comes a new kid on the block that is worth coming out for this weekend: the Anti-Defamation League's inaugural Walk Against Hate. The 5K walk in Philadelphia ( www.walkagainsthate.org ) is more than just a fundraiser for an organization that needs...
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Amid a turbulent week of news, it might be easy to forget that Israel will be celebrating 63 years of independence next week. That would be a shandah. Unfortunately, the hostility of the neighborhood hasn't changed much since Israel declared itself a state on May 14, 1948. In fact, the current turmoil in the Arab world appears more threatening to...
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We are known as the People of the Book, but really, we are the people of our stories. It's our stories that have sustained us throughout the millennia, our stories that tie us from one generation to the next, our stories that have enabled us to flourish as a people, long after other ancient civilizations vanished. By passing on our...
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April is the cruelest month ... " Perhaps T.S. Eliot never prepared for a Passover seder. Then again, maybe he did. Anyone can link his words to the cruelty this month that's involved in scrubbing refrigerator shelves; cleaning out cabinets; and shopping and cooking for the holiday. Even if you didn't go the extra mile in preparing for unleavened foods,...
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