Sunday, July 24, 2016 Tammuz 18, 5776

By:
Jack Wertheimer
From now on, Jewish groups will likely think twice before using any variation on the word "assimilation." That's one lesson learned from the recent brouhaha over a 34-second commercial on Israeli television promoting the Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa program, which brings young Jews to Israel for sustained periods of work, study and volunteering. The advertisement, which paired photos of...
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We Jews are good at counting Nobel Prize winners in our midst. We take understandable pride in the wildly disproportionate honors that members of the tribe have received over the years in areas as diverse as science, literature and peace. When an Israeli wins, the kvelling reaches even greater heights because the award bestows prestige on the Jewish state, as...
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Paper Takes a Good Turn in Time for the New Year What an auspicious way to celebrate the Jewish New Year! Two items in Lisa Hostein's article (The Editor's Desk: "Inclusion: It's the Primary Goal Behind Paper's New Policy," Oct. 1) made me take notice. First, the resolution to publish gay and lesbian unions in the paper's life-cycles section. This...
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"There is nothing new under the sun." This old adage from Ecclesiastes came to mind repeatedly this week as Palestinian violence threatened a third intifada in Jerusalem and a U.N. council decision to put off action on the controversial Goldstone report created an intra-Palestinian firestorm. Though seemingly unrelated, these developments -- all coming at the height of the Jewish holiday...
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Begin, the Son: Can He Be Right About Obama? I would never ascribe to Benny Begin the qualities of a typical leftist dove, i.e., gullibility and naivété. However, reading the Sept. 17 issue of the Jewish Exponent, I came across the following sentence in the article describing Mr. Begin's recent visit to Philadelphia (City & Suburb: "Begin, the Son, Sees...
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