Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774
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Leonard Fein
It all sounds so depressingly familiar: We are told that we are giving diplomacy a chance, any suggestion that we are preparing for military action is "wild speculation." But, at the same time, Iran represents a grave threat to world peace and is a haven for terrorism. If we wait too long, it will have obtained nuclear weapons, international inspection...
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By:
Hillel Halkin
I don't know whether National Geographic deliberately timed its announcement of the dramatic discovery of an early Christian "Gospel of Judas Iscariot" for the Pesach season. It's a nice touch, in any case, because it was on the night of the seder that Judas, according to the New Testament, betrayed Jesus to his captors and set in motion the events...
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By:
Morton Klein
After the recent Israeli elections, many commentators, including editorialists in The New York Times and The Washington Post and even the Jewish Exponent, have taken the outcome to mean that the Israeli electorate endorses further unilateral withdrawals. But that's not true. There was a close finish between the left of center pro-withdrawal parties and the right of center anti-withdrawal parties,...
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Don't let non-Exodus theme Seders overshadow the original story
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Are the four most unpopular words of the seder in North America the last four? The concluding refrain of the Haggadah is a rousing messianic pledge “Next Year in Jerusalem!” Yet I wonder how many American Jews are actually saying, let alone singing, this messianic pledge nowadays? According to surveys of American Jewish life, a Passover seder is the most...
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I've often mentioned the piles of magazines that fill my study, and how, on weeks when Jewish news is slow - which, I admit is rare - I tend to rifle through these publications and find something of interest to write about in this space. What I haven't discussed is the mass of magazines on our third floor, which I...
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