Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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Kurt Herman was just a little boy when three American Jews plucked him out of Nazi Europe, and whisked him to safety. He didn't know what group the three represented, but even at 9 years old, he knew enough to credit the trio with saving his life. Now, 67 years later and living in Philadelphia, Herman knows his benefactors well...
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The pope's recent speech on Islam opened a Pandora's box in the Arab world: Churches were torched in the West Bank, effigies lit in Iraq, and condemnations flooded in from angry Muslim leaders. But according to Abdallah Schleifer -- a veteran Arab news journalist and director of Al Arabiya's Washington bureau -- the media, and not the papacy, might have...
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On the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, attended a commemoration ceremony in Bayonne, N.J. There, officials unveiled a 100-foot-tall monument honoring the victims who died in the World Trade Center in 2001, as well as 1993. Looking over some names on the monument, Chertoff noticed a college classmate; it...
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It happened in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln realized that the Civil War would be more than just a skirmish. It happened again during the Cold War, when Truman saw that defeating the Soviet empire required additional time -- and money. And now, as scholars at the Foreign Policy Research Institute contend, President Bush's war on terror has reached a similar...
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Elisa Levin, whose younger brother Michael was killed Aug. 3, during the war in Lebanon, discussed her trip to Israel to attend the funeral. Levin recalled a reporter asking her, "If what you knew now, you knew back then, would you still let your brother move to Israel? Would you have tried to stop him?" "I immediately responded, 'Absolutely not.'...
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