Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

Talk about the intersection of religion and politics. Next week marks two important dates on our Jewish and political calendars: Shavuot and the Pennsylvania political primary. There appears no obvious connection between the two events beyond the convergence of dates -- polls will close on the May 18 primary just as Shavuot is beginning. But one shared question looms for...
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Gideon Aronoff
Gov. Jan Brewer and those of us who believe in compassionate and fair immigration laws are in complete agreement on one thing: The Draconian bill she signed into law recently is the result of the federal government failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Like Brewer, HIAS is frustrated with the inaction in Washington, and the resulting effect it has had...
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Dan Gottlieb
After being in a wheelchair for 30 years, I have repeated identity crises -- and therapy hasn't helped me. Just look at how our language has evolved over the years. When I was in graduate school in the 1960s, we used words like "imbecile" and "cripple" to describe people like me. Then we evolved to "invalid" and "retarded," then "handicapped"...
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Despite Iran's twisted effort to hijack this week's nuclear nonproliferation conference at the United Nations, the United States and other Western nations turned the heat back on the Islamic Republic's obfuscation when it comes to its own nuclear program. But walking out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his speech -- as several nations did -- is not enough. Too...
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Camps Spark an Interest in Oneself and the World I read Joel Einleger's opinion piece with interest ("Why a Specifically 'Jewish' Camp? Let's Count the Reasons," April 22). As the parent of children who have attended Ramah and Pinemere, and as a former JCC Camp Reeta camper, I agree with what he opined about the joys and benefits of Jewish...
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