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David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
Civil War
David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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editorial
One for the ‘nones’
First the good news. The American Jewish population has stabilized in size after decades of decline. That’s the positive glimmer from the recent Pew Research Center survey that found American Chris...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diane Rehm’s loyalty oath
Public radio host Diane Rehm is known for running a genial, intelligent and well-informed talk show. But during her interview with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last week, someth...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Riskin under fire
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin is a well-respected and accomplished modern Orthodox rabbi. In the 1960s and ’70s he was among the leading voices in the Soviet Jewry movement and led the Lincoln Square Syn...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tony Blair’s Mideast exit
Tony Blair stepped down last month as the Middle East envoy of the so-called Quartet — the group comprised of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia. To the extent Bla...
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Free speech on Z Street
Z Street, the pro-Israel group that says it was denied 501(c)(3) tax status because of its views, got its day in court this month. While the outcome of the case is far from certain, during oral arg...
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Netanyahu’s new government
Despite being a coalition comprised of the “right” and the “religious,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth government, which was scheduled to be voted in on Wednesday, does not appear to be...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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opinion
Don’t whitewash Charleston’s troubled racial history
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A prominent Jewish Charlestonian’s inspiring response to the massacre last week at the Emanuel AME Church has circulated widely in recent days, including in the pages of this new...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Forming a new Palestinian government: challenges and opportunities
Reports have emerged that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s government will soon resign and that a new PA government will be formed in its place. To be sure, a new government wi...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why World Refugee Day is a Jewish holiday
It is impossible to avoid the stories of massive human displacement from Burma, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan and of hordes of boat migrants dying in the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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This is not the Charleston I know
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The unspeakable murder of nine accomplished, beloved, and respected African-American Charlestonians of faith in their own church on Wednesday has hit our city like an earthquake....
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dad, survivor, hero
As a child, I was always fascinated by my father’s war wounds — deep gouges in his arm and leg left by a spray of German bullets early in 1945. As I grew older, I learned a bit more. Barely two mon...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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The assault on immigration
President Barack Obama’s use of his executive authority to defer deportation for millions of immigrant families has become a flashpoint for opponents of immigration reform. The state of Texas, alon...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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The administration should not meet with Muslim Brotherhood in Washington
This week, a delegation including two prominent Muslim Brotherhood members will visit Washington to advocate against the current Egyptian government, headed by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. While...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outrageous resource guide
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
When the Presbyterian Church (USA), at its 2012 General Assembly in Pittsburgh, narrowly rejected a resolution to divest from companies doing business in Israel, while at the same time adopting a m...
Addendum: Cantor saves Torah when fire starts
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Since the publication of Tom Harrison’s column in the Butler Eagle, Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer of Congregation B’nai Abraham has updated the conditions of the Torah scrolls, particularly the small...
Torah damage brings faith communities together in Butler
by Tom Harrison, Guest Columnist
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
BUTLER — Of all the misfortunes that could befall a Jewish congregation, the one that recently visited Congregation B’nai Abraham was especially painful. The Torah scrolls — the Butler synagogue’s ...
Comforting to know
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, a Torah scribe from Florida visited the Tri-State area. Rabbi Yochanan Salazar checked and repaired Torah scrolls at a Reform congregation in Wheeling, W.Va., and Conservative and Orthod...
Israeli rabbinate reversal was never about Avi Weiss
by Yehuda Kurtzer, Guest Columnist
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
My social networks are celebrating the turnabout by the Israeli Rabbinate about the legitimacy of Rabbi Avi Weiss as a halachic decisor on matters of Jewish identity for issues of personal status i...
So when is a Christmas wreath not a Christmas wreath?
by Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz, Guest Columnist
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
In December, just before Christmas, hundreds of thousands of wreaths adorned with large red bows were placed at graves in cemeteries across the country and abroad administered by the U.S. Departmen...
My father’s survival at Auschwitz — by a twist of fate  
by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — My father decidedly did not want to be in Auschwitz. True, few Jews had any desire to be there, but my father actually did something about it. Repeatedly. Deported for the first time fro...
In the meantime …
Jan 30, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
News out of Israel suggests all sides are closer than ever to an agreement allowing egalitarian worship at the Western Wall. The Israel daily Haaretz reported Monday that Women of the Wall chairwom...
A Pitt grad reflects: Happiness is … Judaism at Hillel
by Samuel Hantverk, Guest Columnist
Jan 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
A good deal of time passed in my life where Judaism was very far back in my mind. Jewish life for me used to just mean meeting up with extended family and friends for the holidays, and here and the...
In rebuttal: Physicians trained as mohalim are competent and reliable
by Dr. Fred Kogen, Guest Columnist
Jan 24, 2014 | 5 5 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
I would like to take the opportunity to respond to Rabbi Daniel Wasserman's letter to the editor dated Jan. 9.  But first a little background is in order. I am a mohel and physician with 28 years o...