Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775

A little bit of good news is not a bad thing once in a while, and the revelation that a growing number of college students are opting to stay in Philadelphia post-graduation is good news indeed. Beyond the obvious benefits to the region as a whole, the trend portends a vital boost for our Jewish community -- if we handle...
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It's been more than 2,000 years since the Maccabees rose up against their oppressors to reclaim our Jewish future, but the central challenge that faced our ancestors in the Chanukah story persists until today: How do we maintain a strong Jewish faith and identity amid a sea of "otherness"? One difference, of course, is that we live in a country...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
The recent revelation that U.S. government officials gave aid and comfort to some Nazi war criminals and collaborators for several decades is as shocking as Claude Rains' discovery in "Casablanca" that gambling was going on in Rick's Cafe. It has long been known, for example, that Klaus Barbie -- who headed the Gestapo in Lyon, France, from 1942 until 1944,...
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By:
Sybil Sanchez
As the story goes, the Maccabees had a dire situation -- only one day of power to light the way to rebuild the desecrated Temple in Jerusalem. While a miracle extended their power supply -- oil -- to eight days, our current conservation policy is going to need more than a miracle to help protect our future generations. Although it's...
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Let's Face It, Community's Not Just Chopped Liver Rabbi Isabel de Koninck's "community conversation piece" (Opinions: "Beyond the Basics: Making the Movements More Relevant," Dec. 2) not only opens the door on New Age technology for the Jewish community, but it also attempts to redefine the very meaning of what the essence of a Diaspora Jewish community could be. As...
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