Saturday, August 2, 2014 Av 6, 5774

Forgive us for being a tad skeptical that a United Nations panel could impartially investigate the now notorious flotilla affair without impugning Israel as the culprit. Given recent history, it's hard not to compute "U.N." plus "inquiry" without arriving at Goldstone, the outrageously one-sided excoriation of Israel's actions during the 2008 Gaza war. The U.N. inquiry, announced this week, will...
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By:
Leonard Barrac
As part of this year's funding process, the chairs and volunteers of each Center Board (Center for Social Responsibility, Center for Jewish Life and Learning and Center for Israel and Overseas) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia worked through a very difficult and challenging process, reviewing and discussing hundreds of proposals from community groups locally and overseas. As the...
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Jay M. Starr
The best thing ever produced by committee is the King James Bible. Its impact on the English language -- its beauty and power -- is unsurpassed. Its influence on Christian doctrine and interpretation, and especially on Protestant Christianity's role in shaping American thought and culture, is profound. Now comes a new English translation of the New Testament, including the Gnostic...
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Old and New Memories of Summer Experiences The article that Lori Samlin Miller wrote, "You Can't Put a Price Tag on Family Memories" (Reflections, July 29), brought back many memories of my summer family vacations in Atlantic City, N.J. My father and I would get up early and ride bikes on the boardwalk before the beach- goers headed to the...
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Shofar as Wake-Up Call to Assess Ourselves and the Middle East
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Rabbi Pesach Lerner
With the advent of Rosh Hashanah, reflection and introspection dominate our thoughts as we are called upon to examine our lives and focus on improving ourselves, both as human beings and as Jews. One hallmark of the High Holiday season is the concept of teshuvah, or repentance: the act of acknowledging our flaws and transgressions, of owning up to our...
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