Friday, September 4, 2015 Elul 20, 5775

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Rabbi Andrew Sacks
As we begin the New Year, 5770, the Jewish community can only ponder what lies in store for Israel. Will this be a year free of war? Will we thrill to the long-awaited return of Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israel Defense Force soldier held in captivity by Hamas? Will the economy turn around? Will we be blessed by the arrival...
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By:
Uri Monson
"Who graciously bestows favor as He has bestowed favor on me." This section of Birkat Hagomel -- the prayer said after someone has recovered from illness or avoided a catastrophe -- was probably on the minds of some in the city this past weekend, as it narrowly avoided the implementation of severe budget cuts. But before bensching Gomel, we need...
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Disservice Done to the Best-Kept Secret in Bucks Regarding the recent cover story by Bryan Schwartzman ("The Writing's on the Wall," Aug. 27), we are now absolutely certain that our congregation is the best-kept secret in Lower Bucks County. In focusing only on a few synagogues, the story did a disservice to those of us who for years have been...
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The annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly is beginning to feel like a sequel to a really bad horror movie. True to form, the main villain of the past several years -- in the guise of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- is once again taking center stage. The Iranian demagogue is enjoying what he seeks most...
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There are some years that you can't wait to come to an end, that you want to lock in a drawer and throw away the key. The Jewish year 5769 could easily qualify as one of those. From the financial collapse that began last Rosh Hashanah to the Bernie Madoff swindle, from Israel's painful war against Hamas in Gaza to...
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