Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

By:
Jeffrey A. Barrack
During the decade following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, many educational proposals made their way through the new Union. These proposals sought the cultivation of active citizens through the "diffusion of knowledge and power." Thomas Jefferson's 1778 "Bill for the more General Diffusion of Knowledge" contemplated schools as uniquely qualified to delegate power and knowledge because of the...
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The start of the Jewish camping season may have been a bit shaky this year with the swine-flu epidemic forcing some camps across the country to cancel sessions or delay their openings. Camps in our area rightly leapt into prevention mode, taking extra precautions as the campers departed, determined not to let some virus detract from the blessings that a...
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The images emerging from post-election Iran are both terrifying and encouraging. Terrifying because of the brutality being inflicted upon citizens protesting what most likely was a fixed election. Encouraging because they demonstrate to the world the broad swath of people who are fed up with the repressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the hard-line clerics. Even with the press restrictions,...
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It's been three years now since Hamas captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid. It is long past time for him to return home. Presumably being held in Gaza, the young man's condition remains unknown as his family campaigns relentlessly for his release. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged this week to take personal responsibility for his release,...
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JCCs Get a Bum Rap in Recent Cover Story I was dismayed by Bryan Schwartzman's front-page article in the June 18 issue of the Jewish Exponent concerning the demise of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia ("JCC Branches Go Separate Ways"). For 17 years, I served as the public-relations director there, and during my tenure, it was the largest...
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