Saturday, August 1, 2015 Av 16, 5775

By:
Shelly Barnathan
This week, the world Jewish community lost a woman whose talents touched deep and tender places in our souls. That woman was the legendary singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman. Debbie, in her sweet and strong voice, sang with our voice. Her melodies and words calmed us, inspired us and healed us. It was one of Debbie's early albums, "And You Shall Be...
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By:
Rabbi Andrew M. Sacks
I was raised in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia. As a child, I recall that very few neighbors were not Jewish. There were at least six synagogues, a day school, a Jewish War Veterans Post, a folk shul and many stores that catered to the overwhelmingly Jewish population. In 1964, ours was the first family on our block to sell...
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Is no one safe anymore? The assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the ensuing massacre at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center serve as a cruel reminder of what can happen when disparate forces of evil conspire to shatter our sense of security and civility. This heinous effort to silence an elected official through political assassination must serve as...
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Tragic Shootings Provide a Needed Wake-Up Call I hope that the recent shootings in Arizona will serve as a wake-up call for our country. The violent discourse that has become all too common cannot be legislated away. Beyond discourse, there are some basic steps we could make to improve our country. Specifically, we could cut our military budget in half...
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By:
Abraham H. Foxman
What led me to write Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype was the cumulative effect of a host of recent anti-Semitic statements focusing on money matters. A number of these comments made a deep impression on me. One was the claim that Lehman Brothers, immediately before its collapse, transferred $400 billion to Israeli banks. It reminded me of...
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