Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775
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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Media Clippings
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If you need further proof that making movies is an insane process -- and that it's a miracle that anything sensible gets up on the screen these days -- then find a copy of August's Vanity Fair, which has a story by Patricia Bosworth, the biographer of famed photographer Diane Arbus, about what Hollywood has made out of the book...
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