Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

By:
Theodore Mann
Is there anyone who can provide a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that is not based on the creation of two separate states -- one Israeli and one Palestinian? This is what our new president is trying to bring about. To get a negotiation going, he insists that Israel stop building new settlements or expanding settlements that already exist. He's...
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By:
Eric Trager
During his landmark address to the Muslim world last week, President Barack Obama sought to provide an evenhanded account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that emphasized both sides' historic sufferings. Obama appeared to believe that his tone alone would force Israelis and Palestinians to understand each other's pain -- an important step in preparing both for compromise. Yet Obama failed in...
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Story Misconstrued Goals of Program at Har Zion The cover story "Confirming Their Future" by Melissa Jacobs, which appeared in the May 28 Jewish Exponent, misrepresented the attitude and philosophy of our clergy, principals and lay leadership toward Jewish education at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley. As vice president of education and youth at Har Zion, I found it...
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By:
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin
Let's start with the good news: 2008 charitable giving by Americans declined by only 2 percent from 2007, which had marked the strongest year for philanthropy this nation ever saw. According to Giving USA, which this week released the results of its annual report, Americans contributed a total of $307.65 billion to charitable causes. The bad news is that with...
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By:
Deborah Dash Moore
Reconstructionist Judaism was born in the United States. It makes sense, then, that Reconstructionist rabbis would want to bring democracy and Judaism together. A new exhibit in Elkins Park, opening this week in conjunction with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's commencement exercises, highlights such efforts. While both Judaism and democracy champion inspiring ideals, Jews and Americans often fail to live up...
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