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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 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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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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Wednesday 12/14/2016
An epidemic of hopelessness
Posted: December 14, 2016

The health news last week from the federal government was startling. Overall, mortality is up and life expectancy has fallen for the first time since 1993, particularly for Americans under age 65. It appears that the progress in longevity that we have come to expect is reversible.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
ADL seizes the center
Updated: December 19, 2016 - 12:40 pm

It’s not often that a Jewish organization revises its position on a public matter. Most groups are beholden to an ideological slice of donors and members and are frozen on a single track. Yet the groups that take nuanced and thoughtful positions are the ones that generally win the respect of the wider community.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
After the election
Posted: November 16, 2016

When President-elect Donald Trump met with President Barack Obama at the White House last week, most observers expected a frosty encounter, but the two emerged from the meeting with expressions of respect for one another and each other’s concerns about our country as it makes the transition to a new administration.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Looking ahead to awe
Posted: September 14, 2016

The month of Elul will be nearly half over by the time you read this. It’s the month when Jews take stock of the year just passed, in preparation for the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or High Holidays. This is a spiritual task, an “accounting of the soul” (cheshbon hanefesh).

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Strength, not ignorance
Posted: August 31, 2016

“College students tend to be open-hearted and naively helpful to causes that they think merit their attention.” This is what Richard L. Cravatts, who sits on the board of directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East told Jewish News in 2013, before giving a Passages lecture on how academia and campus environments have become hostile to Israel and, thus, to Jews.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
It’s a gift
Posted: August 24, 2016

Pardon our pride in believing that Jewish News is a community asset. Many have asked how much the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix paid for the newspaper when it took over on July 15. The answer is “nothing.”

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