Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

When we sit down to our seders next week, this year, as always, the central character of the Exodus story will be missing from the Haggadah. For many commentators, Moses' absence from the retelling of our journey from slavery to freedom only enhances his stature as one of the great Jewish leaders of all time. There are various explanations for...
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Claims Not True About Intelligence Pick's Defeat In his opinion piece ("The Freeman Defeat: It Turned Out to Be an Inside Job," March 19), Douglas Bloomfield said that certain unnamed Jewish groups claimed credit for Charles "Chas" W. Freeman's withdrawal from his appointment as National Intelligence head. The writer also said that these groups used the issue as a stick...
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By:
Rabbi Abraham Shemtov
The Franklin Institute has been getting a lot of national attention of late for its exhibit displaying one of only two remaining telescopes used by Galileo. On Wednesday, April 8, at exactly 6:34 a.m, when the sun rises on the East Coast, I will be on the rooftop of the institute's Fels Planetarium, yet for an entirely different reason. I...
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Asaf Romirowsky
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged about $300 million last month in U.S. humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip, plus another $600 million in assistance to the Palestinian Authority. With Hamas ruling, the question is how U.S. tax dollars will be safeguarded and only reach Fatah's "kosher" hands. The resignation of the P.A.'s "Mr. Clean" -- Finance Minister...
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You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief emanating from Jerusalem to Washington to Brussels as Israel's Labor Party signed off on a coalition agreement this week with Benjamin Netanyahu. The deal means that Netanyahu will become Israel's next prime minister with the broader base that he had long sought, but that had appeared to elude him until the...
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