Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

I was pleased to respond positively to the request of Leonard Barrack, the chair of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, to chair the Jewish Publishing Group, the publishers of the Jewish Exponent and Inside magazine. I have been familiar with the newspaper for decades, have admired its quality, and am aware of how it...
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Visiting Israeli Jurist's No True Judge of Democracy The report about former Israeli Supreme Court chief justice Aharon Barak coming to the National Constitution Center to lecture Philadelphians about democracy was hilarious (City & Suburb: "To Mark Constitution's Birthday, Judge Considers Democratic Process," Sept. 20). Your article noted that "Barak is not without his critics" in Israel. That's quite an...
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By:
Saul Singer
John Abizaid, the general with regional command over the war in Iraq before the currently promising strategic overhaul led by Gen. David Petraeus, recently shared some thoughts reminding us why he is not missed. "I believe that we have the power to deter Iran, should it become nuclear. Let's face it, we lived with a nuclear Soviet Union, we've lived...
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Rabbi Alan Silverstein
In a new study, "Beyond Distancing: Young Adult American Jews and Their Alienation From Israel," Steven M. Cohen and Ari Y. Kelman document a "growing distancing from Israel of [non-Orthodox] American Jews that seems to be most pronounced among" the young. Alarmingly, the authors report that among 1,800 interviewees under the age of 35, only 48 percent agreed that "Israel's...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
The Festival of Booths is upon us, and the Menorat-ha-Maor teaches: "The commandment to dwell in the sukkah is intended to teach us that a man must not put his trust in the size or strength or salutary convenience of his house, even though it be filled with the best of everything ... ." A timely quote, since my husband...
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