Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

The obligation to aid Jews in need is integral to the practice of Judaism and the fabric of American Jewish life. But most of us are accustomed to thinking of such aid as being a function of our responsibility to support our co-religionists in remote locations around the globe, not in our own hometowns. Yet, we need not look across...
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With each passing September, does the meaning of 9/11 diminish for Americans? That's the question many of us may be asking as the seventh anniversary of that terrible day is noted. In the intervening years, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have numbed many of us to the reality of the terrorist threat, while others have simply preferred to...
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No Mistaking Candidate's Stand on Abortion Rights Your subhead, "She Backs Abortion," which appeared on page 20 in the article on Sarah Palin's nomination as the Republican candidate for vice president (Cover story: "Palin File: Thin on Community Connection," Sept. 4) was extremely misleading. Gov. Palin opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Her views are extreme and...
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By:
Samuel G. Freedman
Twice during the past six months, I've traveled to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the neighborhood infamously ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. As a New Yorker, I have reason to pass within sight of Ground Zero, site of the former World Trade Center, at least every few weeks. These incidental pilgrimages have taken on extra meaning for me lately,...
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By:
David A. Harris
In an exchange between British blogger Joy Wolfe and leaders of the "Free Gaza" campaign -- which recently sent two boats to Gaza in the hope of garnering media attention -- an Israeli-based member, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, condemned Israel for "collective punishment of 1.5 million people," "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity," and described Gaza as "an open prison, a sort...
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