Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

The spectacle of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza has evoked a variety of emotions from American Jews who follow the drama from afar. Many of us grieve at the loss of homes and the sacrifice of decades worth of building as the Jewish communities there are dismantled. Others are happy that the burden of staying in Gaza has been lifted from...
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If That’s the Best Case They Can Make, Forget It! In a full-page letter printed Aug. 11 in the Jewish Exponent, the board chair and president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia send Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon these incredible words: “It is our hope that the implementation of this disengagement plan will enhance the security of the people...
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For supporters of Israel, the sense of cognitive dissonance about current events is by now commonplace. This week, Israel is leaving the Gaza Strip 38 years after it conquered the small territory in a defensive war. Those Jewish residents who have not left voluntarily are being forcibly removed. Farms, towns, homes, synagogues and even cemeteries are either being destroyed or...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Palestinians Still Play at Democracy Editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report (www. usnews.com) Mortimer B. Zuckerman writes in its Aug. 15 issue that these days, Israel is alone: “Don’t look now, but the Middle East’s old diplomatic game of make-believe is back. The peace process is hopelessly deadlocked, but the key players pretend otherwise, hoping that wishing...
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It’s quite unusual to come across a tribute to a first-rate Philadelphia journalist in a national magazine. Philly is not necessarily known for producing stellar reporters; editors, perhaps, but not daily journalists. But just such a tribute appeared in the June/July issue of the American Journalism Review. Rem Rieder, the magazine’s editor and senior vice president, who is also both...
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