Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
Jewish roots of leaders less important than the divide at the heart of the GOP
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The late liberal activist Allard Lowenstein was fond of recalling the time that he bucked a boycott of French President Georges Pompidou's address to a joint session of Congress in March 1970. Before his murder in 1980 at the hands of a former aide, I heard Lowenstein speak of the incident when pro-Israel members of Congress stayed away from Pompidou's...
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Time to take the 5767 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
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Did you enjoy 5766? For Jews around the world, it was the usual assortment of bad -- and even worse -- news. It was a year of war and suffering in Israel. Hamas won an election, and low-level warfare in Gaza was followed by large-scale war in the north with Hezbollah. Elsewhere, the bloody stalemate in Iraq continued, as did...
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Arnold M. Eisen
The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my Bar Mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Teshuvah -- the "Sabbath of Repentance" -- that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: What did it mean that God called Jews and the world to "repent" or "return"...
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Rabbi Avi Weiss
Throughout America this Rosh Hashanah, hundreds of synagogues will be displaying signs on behalf of the Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped this past summer by terrorists. Above the pictures of Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Schalit will be the words, "As we hear the sound of the shofar, let us think of three who can't." It's an appropriate message...
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Media Watch
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
As Anthony Lewis, columnist for The New York Times , penned in 1989, "Journalism's high purpose is not to get close to power, but to speak truth to power." A search of Times archives back to 1981 of "truth to power" produced 90 "hits," most dealing with journalists and public figures who spoke out in one way or another against...
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