Monday, July 14, 2014 Tammuz 16, 5774

Editor's Note: In the Nov. 23 Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Isabel de Koninck opened a community conversation about the future of the synagogue and the denominations. We invited your responses, and many, like those here, have come in. To read the original online, go to: www.jewishexponent.com/article/22416/ . E-mail your view (under 200 words) to: letters@jewishexponent.com . Lots of Jews Are Seeking...
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Russell F. Robinson
It was five years ago, but I still remember how proud I was when I saw a picture of an El Al plane landing in Little Rock, Ark., full of supplies provided by the people of Israel and Jewish National Fund donors. Crate after crate was unloaded -- from baby wipes to milk formula -- basic necessities being provided by...
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Abraham H. Foxman
One of the reactions of Israelis to the fact that their government called on the international community for assistance to combat the Carmel Forest fire is a sense of shame. After all, Israel is a leader in the high-tech world and an innovator in dealing with crisis situations. But the nation had to admit that it just wasn't capable of...
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It's been more than 2,000 years since the Maccabees rose up against their oppressors to reclaim our Jewish future, but the central challenge that faced our ancestors in the Chanukah story persists until today: How do we maintain a strong Jewish faith and identity amid a sea of "otherness"? One difference, of course, is that we live in a country...
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The flames that consumed us this Chanukah have all burned out. Yet even as we try to hang on to the warmth of the holiday, our spirit is dampened knowing that Israel is left picking up the charred remains of the wildfires that cut a fierce path of destruction in the north of the country. Amid the despair, Israeli society...
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