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We Should Not Be Surprised


Dr. Marvin Schick is president of the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School.

About the Author: Dr. Marvin Schick has been actively engaged in Jewish communal life for more than sixty years. He can be contacted at mschick@mindspring.com.


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