Monday, May 30, 2016 Iyyar 22, 5776

By:
Jeffrey A. Barrack
During the decade following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, many educational proposals made their way through the new Union. These proposals sought the cultivation of active citizens through the "diffusion of knowledge and power." Thomas Jefferson's 1778 "Bill for the more General Diffusion of Knowledge" contemplated schools as uniquely qualified to delegate power and knowledge because of the...
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By:
James Rosenstein
There is now a deep and wide consensus -- both within the government and in the general populace -- that the American system of health care is severely dysfunctional and must be fixed. We must do this properly -- and soon -- to avoid the perfect storm of escalating anguish for the roughly 47 million Americans who cannot afford decent...
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JCCs Get a Bum Rap in Recent Cover Story I was dismayed by Bryan Schwartzman's front-page article in the June 18 issue of the Jewish Exponent concerning the demise of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia ("JCC Branches Go Separate Ways"). For 17 years, I served as the public-relations director there, and during my tenure, it was the largest...
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It's been three years now since Hamas captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid. It is long past time for him to return home. Presumably being held in Gaza, the young man's condition remains unknown as his family campaigns relentlessly for his release. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged this week to take personal responsibility for his release,...
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The images emerging from post-election Iran are both terrifying and encouraging. Terrifying because of the brutality being inflicted upon citizens protesting what most likely was a fixed election. Encouraging because they demonstrate to the world the broad swath of people who are fed up with the repressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the hard-line clerics. Even with the press restrictions,...
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