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Challenges for the Democrats

At a reception in Washington last week, a group of Jewish Democrats announced the creation of a new organization to support the election of Democratic candidates nationally and to further the general agenda of Jewish Democrats, who tend to be center or center-left. That the coming out party happened the day after off-year elections produced two big wins for the Democrats certainly added to the celebration of the new organization’s goals.
Wednesday 11/15/2017
Challenges for the Democrats
Posted: November 15, 2017

At a reception in Washington last week, a group of Jewish Democrats announced the creation of a new organization to support the election of Democratic candidates nationally and to further the general agenda of Jewish Democrats, who tend to be center or center-left. That the coming out party happened the day after off-year elections produced two big wins for the Democrats certainly added to the celebration of the new organization’s goals.

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Letter to Editor
Posted: November 15, 2017

Jewish War Veterans marching in Veterans Day parade

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Uneven responses to acts of terror
Posted: November 08, 2017

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We cannot put into words the grief and pain we all feel.” This is how President Donald Trump began his response to the news that 26-year-old Devin Kelley used a submachine gun to kill 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday. We, too, grieve at what appears to be the deadliest shooting in Texas history.

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Letters to the Editor
Posted: November 08, 2017

Supporting the Jewish News

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Modesty has nothing to do with it
Posted: November 01, 2017

In response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the flood of women coming forward to participate in the #MeToo social media campaign, there have been a number of essays and editorials about the Jewish tradition of modesty. This cultural moment is the wrong time for such a consideration. Connecting the issue of modesty to the crimes of rape, sexual assault and harassment is entirely inappropriate, as it makes the conversation about the behavior of the victim rather than that of the perpetrator.

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Drawing Dershowitz
Posted: November 01, 2017

For decades, civil liberties lawyer and Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has been a riveting and sometimes polarizing public figure, speaking out forcefully and provocatively on a long list of issues, many of them unpopular and controversial. A self-described liberal Democrat, he is a fearless debater and a staunch supporter of Israel.

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
Supporting the Jewish News
Posted: October 25, 2017

If the Phoenix Jewish News goes away, how will we post notices about events? Who will publish the calendar? How will we learn about upcoming holidays, rituals and traditions? Where will we read about other Jewish communities around the world? Where will we send our announcements of birth, marriage, mitzvahs or the passing of a loved one?

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The right thing at the University of Florida
Posted: October 25, 2017

It took a declaration of a state of emergency and $600,000 worth of security, including snipers, paid for by taxpayers, but the appearance of white supremacist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida last week passed largely without violence. That’s a very different outcome than at the August march Spencer led in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a counter-protester who was run over by an apparent Spencer supporter.

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The Balfour Declaration at 100
Posted: October 25, 2017

Theodore Herzl stated in the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897 that “Zionism strives to create for the Jewish people a home in Palestine secured by public law.” Twenty years later, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote to British Zionist Baron Rothschild expressing his government’s

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Gun regulation: Less is more
Posted: October 25, 2017

More than any group, the Jewish community should demand less, not more regulation (“Needed: sensible firearm regulation,” Oct. 13, Jewish News).

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Films as Jewish learning opportunities
Posted: October 25, 2017

When one thinks of the most effective means of transmitting Jewish knowledge through the generations, what are the first places the mind goes to for spiritual enlightenment? Perhaps a stroll through the foundational narratives of Genesis, or perhaps a jaunt through the poetic power of Psalms? Maybe one finds clarity through a rousing dialectical discourse with a tractate or two of Talmud? Or, if that proves too daunting, maybe exploring the myriad commentaries and insights courtesy of Rashi, Maimonides, the Ba’al Shem Tov or one of the many brilliant religious thinkers who have appeared throughout Jewish history? Or, perhaps, when all of these options don’t sound quite right, what about a film?

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