Opinion

July 18, 2013

The current congressional debate over immigration reform poses two competing questions: Is offering a path to citizenship to the 11 million men, women and children who bypassed the U.S. immigration system a reward for their illegal conduct? Or, would granting them a citizenship opportunity help bring that sizable population out of the shadows, and allow CONTINUE »

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July 18, 2013

There is an old political adage: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in international relations, only interests.” While it is unquestionably true that the U.S.-Israel relationship is rock solid, and that the United States and Israel share a deep friendship and a thick web of interests, there appears to be one or more people CONTINUE »

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July 18, 2013

I don’t usually freeze at the presence of greatness, coming instead from the “each person puts their pants on one leg at a time” mindset. I have fumbled the ball more than my share of times. There was the Governor’s Cup Race at Ocean Downs Race Track in Ocean City when I introduced myself to CONTINUE »

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BY Barbara Levenson
July 16, 2013

Eighteen years ago my husband, Marvin and I took our first trip to Israel. We returned to the United States with a greater appreciation of the courageous Israelis and their country. This year, thanks to Beth El, I was afforded the opportunity to revisit Israel. Even though my situation had changed (my husband passed away CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi Craig Axler
July 11, 2013

This Shabbat, we begin reading the book of Deuteronomy. Every year, this portion is read on Shabbat preceding the Ninth of Av, the singular day of mourning for the destruction of the Temples, as well as calamities throughout Jewish history.  According to the Mishnah (Ta’anit 4:6), it was an event that occurred generations before the CONTINUE »