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A Chag Pesach Kasher V’Sameach

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We know there’s a great deal happening in this complicated world.

Approaching Passover, we want to thank you for opening these pages, patronizing our loyal advertisers and seeing your synagogues, schools, sports teams, Jewish leaders, Jewish organizations and, most importantly, yourselves from the front page all the way...

AIPAC: What a Difference a Year Makes

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Pardon the cliché, but as the saying goes, “What a difference a year makes!”

As we approach the annual AIPAC Policy Conference that will attract thousands of delegates from all over the U.S. and the world, the goals and focus from last year will be dramatically obvious.

Last year, with the exception of candidate Bernie Sanders, AIPAC participants heard a speech from every other invited candidate. Because last year’s confab occurred around Purim, there were many comparisons of Israel to ancient Persia and its heroine Queen Esther. Indeed, few of us can forget how beautifully Texas Senator Ted Cruz pronounced the word “Purim” while Hillary Clinton was still calling it...

A Freilichen Purim

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A light rain fell on the East Coast the other evening.

It was just enough to dampen roads.

But to most of the Jewish students out collecting matanot l’evyonim, the raindrops weren’t going to dampen their spirit of purpose.

Indeed, some already were donned in their Purim costumes. If anything, an umbrella opened up here and there as protection against the rain.

How symbolic is the action of collecting for the poor while dressed in Purim finery or, in this case, if we can invent a word, “fun-ery”?

Let these students be an uplifting example for us all.

We, like you, know the threats. We read of the now 100 or so bomb threats that have caused evacuations of Jewish Community...

My Shabbat With 58 Kidney Donors

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Over the course of each of the family-style Shabbat meals last weekend at the Radisson Hotel in Piscataway, New Jersey, at the first-ever Renewal Kidney Donor Appreciation Shabbaton, person after person told me the story of their kidney donation. What bound their stories together was that, for them, donating a kidney was normal. It was something one does. And it certainly seemed that way, since there were 58 of them. I couldn’t walk two steps in the hotel lobby without running into someone who was a kidney donor. As I chased my overly excited children around the hotel alongside donor moms, donor spouses and adult children of donors, I was asked the same friendly question over and...

We Are a Nation Built on Religious Tolerance

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Instead of criticizing President Donald Trump’s condemnation of recent spikes in anti-Semitism like we’ve seen from left-leaning media outlets, we’d like to validate his words as important and timely. President Trump said on Tuesday, “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community at community centers are horrible and are a painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

His words came after at least 10 more JCCs nationwide received bomb threats and after many tombstones were overturned in the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery that serves the St. Louis Jewish community.

First daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted...
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