Friday, December 9, 2016 Kislev 9, 5777

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The Editor's Desk The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania has come and gone, but there are several important takeaways for us as a community to consider: 1. Campus activism is alive and well. It's a shame that it sometimes takes adversity to energize the masses, but pro-Israel students on the Penn campus stepped up to...
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Super Sunday may not be as glitzy a production as the Super Bowl, but we all have a stake in ensuring we make it to the end zone. The annual rite of passage for our Jewish community has become more than an important day for raising much-needed funds to support programs at home and beyond. The daylong phone-a-thon at the...
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Tami Lehman-Wilzig
There's something about trees. Shel Silverstein's children's book classic The Giving Tree proves the point. Trees are sustenance. They provide comfort and love, even shelter. Unconditional love is what they bestow. But do we give back? With Tu B'Shvat as the next holiday on our collective radar, beginning the evening of Feb. 7, the question is a timely one. The...
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Jon Haber
As with most controversies surrounding anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, including the upcoming BDS conference at the University of Pennsylvania, the debate has centered on free speech versus hate speech. Although First Amendment issues are always worth discussing, such talk misses one of the most important aspects of BDS: What a loser of a campaign it has been...
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Tu B'Shevat may be a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar but it has blossomed in the modern era as a time to connect with Israel and the environment. As concern grows over the creeping forces that are destroying our planet, Tu B'Shevat is an apt time to focus on the ecological well-being of the world in which we...
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