Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Shelley Berkley
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Annapolis soon, attempting to succeed where others have failed: to achieve a lasting peace agreement between the two sides of the conflict. Unfortunately, Rice appears ready to follow the same path as her predecessors -- of broad, unfulfilled promises; painful sacrifices on the part of Israel; and a...
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Want the 'Next Big Idea?' How About Shabbat? Contrary to the suggestion of the Jewish Exponent's editorial page, I remain unconvinced that increased funding for Jewish day schools should be the "next big idea" to ensure continuity ("Education's Our Only 'Next Big Idea,' " Nov. 8). Certainly, funding for Jewish education on all levels should remain a top priority. But...
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The hearings held last week in Harrisburg on legislation that would force the state's pension system to divest itself of holdings in companies that do business with Iran and Sudan illustrate just how hard it is to move the state bureaucracy and its accomplices in the legislature. At issue are two separate bills. One is sponsored by State Rep. Babette...
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Honoring Soviet Jewry movement should not lead to an orgy of self-congratulation
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The words "Let My People Go" and cries for "Freedom for Soviet Jewry" are expressions that, for many of us, still set our hearts racing. But those battle cries are now as much the property of historians as entreaties to "Remember Pearl Harbor." The reason is that, contrary to the expectations of a largely skeptical world, the Soviet Jewry movement...
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Ori Nir
A call for American Jewish organizations to support the current peace efforts came from an unexpected direction: Israel's Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger. For years closely associated with the right-wing National Religious Party, Metzger recently asked representatives of American Jewish groups in Washington to "influence the American administration" to do their utmost for the success of the Annapolis peace conference. He...
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