Sunday, May 29, 2016 Iyyar 21, 5776

Israeli and U.S. officials have been taking pains in recent days to tamp down the firestorm that erupted after President Barack Obama's controversial speech on the Middle East last week. The real question is whether the continuing mistrust between the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will in the long run undermine what both countries' leaders say they want...
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The JCC says it isn't giving up on South Philly's seniors and, a reader argues, the most inclusive Israel advocacy serves the community best.
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By:
Abraham H. Foxman
President Barack Obama's speeches at the State Department and to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee provoked strong reactions in among Jews. Some castigated the president, particularly for his reference to the pre-1967 lines "with land swaps" as the basis for Palestinian-Israeli talks. Others lauded Mr. Obama for his clear support for Israel as a Jewish state and for his...
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By:
Rabbi Lynda Targan
We are now observing a period called Sefirat HaOmer, the counting of the Omer, a verbal counting of each of the 49 days plus one between Passover and Shavuot. It is customary during the Omer counting to study Pirkei Avot, a rabbinic blueprint for ethical living, and to ask ourselves the big questions that allow us to be the best...
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The next few months promise to be difficult ones for Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington this week amid a torrent of unrest in his neighborhood. The infiltration of Palestinians along long-quiet borders on Sunday would seem to suggest that the "Arab Spring" has at last reached Israel, which until now has watched nervously but from a perch...
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