Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

What's the Message When You Use Such Language? Given that Jewish leaders as diverse as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Reform movement's Rabbi Eric Yoffie agree that Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem that lie across the Israel-Jordan 1949 cease-fire lines are not settlements, the Jewish Exponent should not have run a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article in the Feb. 24 issue,...
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By:
Harold Messinger
Two weeks ago in Parshah Ki Tisa, Moshe comes down the mountain after receiving the word of God, whereupon seeing the Israelites dancing around the golden calf, he smashes the Ten Commandments. Later, he will receive a new set, and place the broken shards of the first one with the unbroken and "perfect" set in the Kodseh HaKodashim ("the Holy...
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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
The rapid changes in the Middle East are leading many in the American Jewish community to suffer from "analysis paralysis." We have become so mesmerized by events in Egypt and Libya that we have stopped doing vital work to advance U.S. interests and stability in the Middle East, as well as Israel's security. It is critical that we refocus our...
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The convergence this weekend of "Shabbat Across America" and the "National Day of Unplugging" has got to be more than just a coincidence. Either way, the programs bring the promise of a sorely needed respite from our crazy busy lives, made all the crazier in recent weeks by the seismic rumblings of world events. It's hard not to be obsessed...
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Ruth Ellen Gruber, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The day after Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a widespread public uprising, I found myself presenting a lecture about Solidarity, the mass trade union movement that convulsed Poland 30 years ago and paved the way for the collapse of the Iron Curtain a decade later. It also helped land me in jail in 1983, resulting in my expulsion...
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