Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775

As Jan. 1 fast approaches, publications and institutions nationwide have turned to that favorite end of year pastime -- the composing of lists. For the most part, this is a celebratory endeavor, with editors, reviewers and community leaders compiling their favorites among the past year's exertions, whether in politics or culture or some other public pursuit. There exist, of course,...
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Andrew Sherman
Cliff Lee is more than just the modern-day Sandy Koufax. At least to Philadelphia Jews, he is. Let me explain. Sure, Mr. Lee may be a good 'ole Arkansas boy who enjoys a hunting expedition and has the (non-Jewish) good looks of a young John Wayne. No matter. The man was -- and, by declining to don Yankees pinstripes, still...
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Getting Students to Stay Is Win-Win for Everybody As the president of Campus Philly and a board member of Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue, I read the Dec. 16 editorial, "Grasping the Future," with particular interest. I thank you for shining a spotlight on a terrific opportunity for our local religious communities, Jewish and otherwise. Campus Philly's study, "From Student to...
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Nearly a third of the U.S. Senate showed up to hear Sen. Arlen Specter's farewell speech this week. That the number was considered notable -- it was a more sizable audience than most of his departing colleagues had garnered -- doesn't speak well for the Senate, but it is testament to the widespread respect for the longest-serving senator from Pennsylvania...
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Abraham H. Foxman
One of the reactions of Israelis to the fact that their government called on the international community for assistance to combat the Carmel Forest fire is a sense of shame. After all, Israel is a leader in the high-tech world and an innovator in dealing with crisis situations. But the nation had to admit that it just wasn't capable of...
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