Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

We Jews are good at counting Nobel Prize winners in our midst. We take understandable pride in the wildly disproportionate honors that members of the tribe have received over the years in areas as diverse as science, literature and peace. When an Israeli wins, the kvelling reaches even greater heights because the award bestows prestige on the Jewish state, as...
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Jack Wertheimer
From now on, Jewish groups will likely think twice before using any variation on the word "assimilation." That's one lesson learned from the recent brouhaha over a 34-second commercial on Israeli television promoting the Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa program, which brings young Jews to Israel for sustained periods of work, study and volunteering. The advertisement, which paired photos of...
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Mike Weilbacher
As a naturalist who has spent decades sharing nature's wonders, I am trembling in trepidation of our upcoming Torah readings. For me, the juxtaposition between text and reality is just too jarring. As we cycle back on Simchat Torah to the opening words of Bereshit this Saturday night, the Bible begins with a bang--"let there be light"-- and Creation unfolds...
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Adam Levick
On May 20, at 9:30 a.m., I became a citizen of Israel, the first sovereign Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. And, as I walked around Jerusalem on that first day, what struck me most was the feeling of responsibility -- that I wasn't just a supporter anymore. This was now my country, and the responsibilities of citizenship weighed...
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Begin, the Son: Can He Be Right About Obama? I would never ascribe to Benny Begin the qualities of a typical leftist dove, i.e., gullibility and naivété. However, reading the Sept. 17 issue of the Jewish Exponent, I came across the following sentence in the article describing Mr. Begin's recent visit to Philadelphia (City & Suburb: "Begin, the Son, Sees...
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