Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775

By:
Gregg J. Rickman
During the 1990s, the world was seized with stories of Nazi plunder and heirless property from the Holocaust era. Stolen bank accounts, looted artwork, confiscated real estate and payments for slave labor made front-page headlines, were the talk of congressional hearings and became the subject of international diplomacy. By the decade's end, billions of dollars had been returned to survivors...
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By:
Dina Siegel Vann
The upheaval in Iran following the disputed presidential elections has thrust one veteran of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, back into the spotlight. As chairman of the powerful Guardians Council, Rafsanjani could still emerge as a counterweight to the hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But Rafsanjani is not the moderate many believe him to be. As we...
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I'll Even Vote for Palin, If She Can Beat Obama The headline for the JTA cover story "U.S. Jews Offer Little Resistance to Obama Policy" (July 16) was terrible. First of all, the president chose to speak to only selected Jewish groups -- ones that already agreed with him! His Cairo speech was at least delivered in front of the...
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The holiday of Tisha B'Av is not on every Jewish person's radar, but it should be. The one holiday that hits us in the heat of summer, Tisha B'Av -- which begins this year on the evening of July 29 -- is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE...
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The Klein JCC has enjoyed an unusual burst of national publicity as the facility that did permit a group of predominantly African-American and Hispanic campers into its pool. This is in contrast to the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, which has garnered national headlines for canceling its contract with the Creative Steps Inc. summer program. The widely publicized case of...
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