Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Tammuz 20, 5775

Why Give Space to This Particular Letter-Writer? I participate actively in a local Jewish/Christian interfaith dialogue group. While members often express diverse -- even irreconcilable -- theological beliefs on difficult issues, we exist to find common ground when possible and to promote mutual respect. I question the judgment of the Jewish Exponent, therefore, in offering a forum to someone calling...
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By:
David A. Harris
GENEVA — Instead of being at the podium, he should be in the dock. That's what I thought as I watched Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad address the supposed anti-racism Durban Review Conference in Geneva last week. It was tragedy masquerading as farce: perhaps no better symbol of all that had gone wrong with a process originally designed to advance the...
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By:
Martin J. Raffel
Why hasn't prevention of a nuclear-armed Iran become a priority of the highest order for the American Jewish community? Many national agencies have long urged more activism, but the intensity at the grass-roots level is missing. One hears many reasons for the low-key response, including an overwhelming media focus on the domestic and global economic crisis. Iran does tend to...
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Piece on Gays Not Worthy of the 'Jewish Exponent' I regularly read and enjoy your weekly newspaper. I usually find most of the articles to be beneficial and enlightening, reflecting the diversity of the Jewish community in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. It was with great disappointment, then, that I noted the April 9 cover story "Young, Gay, and Devoted...
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It would be tempting to dismiss the anti-Israel ravings that launched the conference on racism in Geneva with a simple "I told you so." Israel and its global supporters would certainly be justified in doing so after hearing the not-unexpected diatribes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he opened the gathering this week. If anything, the tone set by Ahmadinejad...
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