Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

By:
Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Editor's Note: Rabbi Leonard Gordon returned on Jan. 16 from a mission to Israel sponsored by the Masorti (Conservative) movement. The following is an excerpt from the blog he kept during the trip, which coincided with the war in Gaza. JERUSALEM I am writing at the end of a long day spent close to Gaza. No previous experience I have...
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By:
Lisa Eisen
President Barack Obama has made national and community service a cornerstone of his vision for transforming our country. The intimate linkage between his inauguration and his call for widespread participation in the national day of service on Martin Luther King Day actualizes his vision of igniting long-term commitment to meaningful community service. As we celebrate this historic inauguration, the Jewish...
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By:
Rabbi Marc Schneier
Since claiming the presidency, Barack Obama has been universally praised by foreign leaders as a breath of fresh air for American diplomacy. On Dec. 27, however, world leaders' jubilant anticipation of his inauguration took a backseat as Israel began its current operation in Gaza and questions arose as to how the incoming president would respond to the conflict. While President-elect...
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By:
Douglas M. Bloomfield
After eight years of praising George W. Bush as the best friend Israel ever had in the White House, his most ardent Jewish supporters may be having second thoughts as he leaves office. Even long-standing Bush loyalists like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee accused his administration of "succumbing to Arab pressure," and working to "undermine" Israel's Gaza operation by...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
The week between Christmas and New Year's Day found my husband and me nursing aching calves and sore backs. The effects of rambunctious sledding? Daredevil skiing in the mountains of New Hampshire? Not this time. We spent that week de-cluttering my mother's Bronx apartment. She and my father moved there when I was 2. Our aching backs were the result...
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