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Hier will honor the presidency

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.
Wednesday 01/11/2017
Increase in reports of acts of intolerance demands vigilance
Posted: January 11, 2017

The Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association and Generations After has issued the following statement:

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Hier will honor the presidency
Posted: January 11, 2017

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
UN declares Mideast a restricted neighborhood
Posted: January 04, 2017

Last week’s UN Security Council vote against Israel’s right to allow Jews to buy land and build homes in the historic Jewish homeland of Judea and Samaria was a blow against human rights and religious liberty.

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What Kerry failed to mention
Posted: January 04, 2017

When the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, has to go on television and speak for 72 minutes in an attempt to explain and justify the decisions of the president, then it is obvious that those decisions were wrong. It can only be compared to an attorney delivering his closing remarks to a jury in a criminal case, completely ignoring the facts and the evidence that exists, but repeating the same baseless and unsustainable arguments over and over again, knowing full well that his client is guilty.

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Justice for Rubashkin
Posted: January 04, 2017

President Barack Obama has been using his waning days in office to cement his legacy as the most merciful president in recent memory. Two weeks ago, he commuted 153 sentences of primarily low-level drug offenders ensnared in statutorily mandated minimum sentences, bringing his overall commutation total to the highest of the last 11 presidents combined. Although that’s not the total picture – if no more action is taken, Obama will leave office this month as the second-least-likely president in history to grant pardons – it’s hard to question whether the outgoing president’s embrace of clemency is genuine.

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Election reflection: Wisdom from my parents
Posted: January 04, 2017

Since Nov. 8, I have been trying to make sense of the presidential election. I’ve considered the forensic analyses from sources all over the political map, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, from Fox News to MSNBC, and everything in between. There is no shortage of explanations, enough to fuel political pundits and barroom brawls for months to come.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Treating the wounds of Aleppo
Posted: December 28, 2016

The Syrian city of Aleppo is 400 miles from the Israeli border. It is closer to Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon than it is to any hospital in Israel. That’s one reason why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement last week that his government is looking into ways to bring thousands of Syrian civilians who were wounded as Aleppo was pulverized to Israel for medical treatment is such a big development.

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Time to heal the election wounds
Posted: December 28, 2016

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Hanukkah: A major holiday?
Posted: December 28, 2016

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Trump’s man in Jerusalem
Posted: December 21, 2016

Donald Trump says he wants to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in David Friedman, the president-elect has nominated an ambassador to Israel who reflects the belief that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital – nothing more and nothing less.

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Answer the call to touch lives worldwide
Posted: December 21, 2016

Chairing the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s campaign reminds me daily of the mitzvot that our donors do by allowing our Jewish family around the world to be strong, resilient and independent. I see this in our teens, young adults and seniors here in Phoenix, Paris and Israel. 

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