Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774
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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It's time to get serious about imposing crippling economic sanctions on Iran. After months of fruitless efforts by the international community to employ diplomacy to avert the threat of a nuclear Iran, Tehran has made it perfectly clear that it is not interested in making a deal. Despite reaching a tentative agreement with negotiators, top officials in Iran have indicated...
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It is ironic that in the same week that Jehuda Reinharz, the esteemed outgoing president of Brandeis University, issued a clarion call for greater investment in developing highly qualified Jewish educators (see Editorial & Opinion), the faculty of the Barrack Hebrew Academy went on strike. The cancelation of classes and school activities at the pluralistic middle and high school has...
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