Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

The Aftermath of the Midterm Elections: What the Future Holds
By:
Rabbi David A. Teutsch
Every two years, we see tens of millions of dollars' worth of vitriolic political attack ads, many of them coming from outside groups with no ties to Pennsylvania. Politicians, pundits and voters all decry their use, but the negativity always returns for one simple reason: It works. We don't like to admit it, but the reason such tactics are used...
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By:
John Cohn
More than a decade ago, during Benjamin Netanyahu's first term as prime minister, Palestinians threatened to unilaterally declare statehood. Israel resisted, and the idea went into limbo. Negotiations with Netanyahu's successor, Ehud Barak, bogged down, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat walked away from Camp David, starting the violence that began the second intifada. In the past year, Palestinians have once...
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By:
Michael Goldfarb
he first time I was called a "Jew" with malicious intent was September 1958 in the playground of Belmont Hills Elementary School in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I was 8 years old, and until that time had been living in New York City, where everyone I encountered was Jewish. Whoever called me a "Jew" didn't accompany the word with a...
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It would be easy to let the ongoing angst we're experiencing these days paralyze our lives. Mail-bomb packages addressed to Jewish institutions. Unprecedented efforts around the globe to delegitimize Israel. Political campaigns that stoke fear instead of addressing the critical issues facing our country. Last week's foiled plot to explode airborne bombs left us all a bit unnerved. Even if,...
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Ad Misconstrues Ruling on Matter of Cremation The Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement maintains the position that cremation is a practice contrary to Jewish law and tradition, and therefore should be discouraged. In the event one chooses cremation, a question arises regarding the burial of the ashes. In response to this question, our Committee on Jewish Law and Standards...
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