Thursday, July 30, 2015 Av 14, 5775

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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Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday will mark the end of one very long road and the beginning of another. His historic ascent to the highest office in the land comes as our nation and our world face their gravest challenges in decades. Jan. 20 will also, hopefully, close the door to a period of political divisiveness that at times unsettled...
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Bush Critic Says Prez Now Deserves Jews' Praise President George W. Bush deserves the Jewish community's appreciation for his stalwart support of Israel's current actions in Gaza. The Israeli government is taking necessary moves against Hamas and merits international support, and here the president has taken the lead in standing behind Israel. This is coming from one who has been...
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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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What Would She Consider 'Reasonable Response'? In a recent article, "Demonstration Takes Place Against Israel," in the Jan. 1 issue, you reported: "What Israel is doing now, in Gaza, is unjust," said Rabbi Linda Holtzman, religious leader of Congregation Mishkan Shalom, who spoke from the podium. She did make a point that she was not representing the synagogue: "I believe...
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