Sunday, March 1, 2015 AdarI 10, 5775

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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Let's Face the Facts: GOP Made Sizable Inroads Into the Community
By:
Matt Brooks
Across the country, the Republican Jewish Coalition played a decisive role in last week's elections. The RJC proved meaningful not only in direct donations from the RJC PAC to candidates who support our members' interests -- free markets, support for Israel, a strong national defense -- but also in our own advocacy work in stimulating debate in the community. Nowhere...
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Paper's Election Analysis Ignores Scare Tactics I am writing not as an ideologue, but as an open-minded voter and reader. Your Nov. 4 cover story about the election results indicated, as the headline read, that Jews had little to do with Pat Toomey's Senate victory. What you glossed over was the extremely negative campaign that the Republican Jewish Coalition ran...
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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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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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