Saturday, August 1, 2015 Av 16, 5775

Jewish women have come a long way since the days of Esther, the heroine of the Purim story whose bravery and guile saved the Jewish people from annihilation at the hands of the Persians.
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These days, every business that seeks a viable future is being forced to rethink its ways. The same is true of our Jewish institutions in general, and our synagogues -- once the pillar of Jewish American life -- in particular. Which is why the Jewish Learning Venture should be applauded for launching a series of programs for synagogue lay and...
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By:
David Bedein
While the Palestinian Authority has witnessed unprecedented economic growth of late, life for 4 million descendants of Arab refugees who live inside or contiguous to their presumably "temporary" facilities has remained stagnant. UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which oversees the life of Arab refugees, premises all its policies on adherence to the "right of return" to villages...
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Lee B. Rosenfield
Marriage equality is arguably the most important civil rights issue at this time. I am a 44-year-old man who has been in a loving and committed relationship with my "husband" for 17 years. We live in New Jersey with our two children and two dogs. My partner and I cannot get married because New Jersey currently does not recognize marriage...
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By:
Noah Feit
As a student who was at the forefront of the campaign to confront the boycott, divestment and sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania earlier this month, I think it's important to demystify much of the perceived hysteria behind the pro-Israel community's efforts surrounding the event. The mixed messages and apprehension about the conference were the result of a few...
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