Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

One step forward, two steps back. There's no other way to look at the planned resumption of indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Although it's true that direct talks haven't produced much progress in recent years, having U.S. envoy George Mitchell resort to Kissinger-style shuttle diplomacy is one more depressing sign that the current prospects for peace are dim...
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Modern Jewry Remains a Delicate Balancing Act Robert Leiter's article (Books & Writers: "Equal, Yet Different," March 4) about the tension between adapting to the majority culture in communities around the world, while also trying to preserve a unique Jewish religious identity, is a subject that has always fascinated me. It explains the peculiarities of American Judaism, in which we...
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By:
Ross Berkowitz
Learning. We do it every day. Every minute of every day. Yet as we get older, too many of us lose the joy of discovery, which, at its heart, is what learning is about. As a child, each new experience is a wonder. Some, like trying ice-cream for the first time or petting an animal, are fantastic. Others, like reaching...
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It is clearly only a coincidence that two major conferences are drawing crowds to Philadelphia this weekend, but when analyzed together, they speak volumes about where we and our community are today. The convergence of the second annual LimmudPhilly, billed as a "learningfest," with a gathering of international scholars of the Holocaust and the Church, to be held at Saint...
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Rabbi Richard Libowitz and Hubert G. Locke
Each year, more than 200 students -- most of them not Jewish -- enroll in Holocaust-related courses at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia's Jesuit school that has offered such courses since 1990. These students, along with thousands like them around the country, start out with little knowledge of Judaism or the crimes of the Third Reich, but are drawn by curiosity...
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