Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
Amid all the recent end-of-year/end-of-decade reflections, President Barack Obama took the presidential prerogative to take to the airwaves -- and also go online -- to share his assessment of his first year in office. Not surprisingly, he touted his accomplishments and downplayed his missteps. He focused on signs of economic recovery by emphasizing what he considers his administration's success in...
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It is widely accepted as a truism that you can't move ahead with confidence without first reassessing the past. We American Jews are at a significant crossroads: These difficult economic times have been remaking the look of the community and the manner in which it is run in significant and fundamental ways. When we look out into the world, we...
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Is it a mere coincidence that in one week's time, the infamous sign over Auschwitz was stolen, destroyed and retrieved; a Las Vegas teacher was sent home for allegedly spewing Holocaust denial in her classroom; and Jewish basketball players and their families from Lower Merion High School were subjected to anti-Semitic taunts? That the spate of incidents occurred so close...
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It's not every day that a former president comes to speak to the local Jewish community. But President Bill Clinton did just that last week to headline the official launch of the 2010 annual campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With his well-known wit and rhetorical finesse, he drew an important parallel between his post-presidency work through the...
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Chanukah conjures up so many conflicting images in our world. We often fret that this relatively insignificant holiday on the Jewish calendar gets far too blown out of proportion in an effort to compete with the effusiveness and glitter of Christmas. But even in our rightful haste to distance our celebration from Christmas, we should embrace the enriching beauty of...
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