Friday, May 22, 2015 Sivan 4, 5775
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To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, New York magazine gave over much of its Aug. 21 issue to four stories of that analyzed the subject. One was a photo essay showing artifacts recovered from ground zero. Another was a dialogue held among eight survivors of the twin towers who came together to compare notes. Another piece...
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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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Stephen Rosenberg
The count of the "Jewish" year used throughout the world is 5767. Why? It is assumed that this is Anno Mundi,the years of the world from Creation, or at least from the birth of Adam. The count is based mainly on Seder Olam Rabba, a treatise ascribed to Rabbi Jose ben Halafta of the second-century C.E. It is mentioned in...
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Gary Tobin
Roland Stanton's recent $100 million gift to Yeshiva University is the largest ever to a U.S. Jewish institution. Yet as Stanton himself admitted, "There are plenty of people who could do it." Research shows that he's right: Dozens of Jewish philanthropists are capable of equaling Stanton's offer. So why don't they? It's not that wealthy Jews have no reputation for...
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Two fairly remarkable pieces of journalism appeared recently in back-to-back issues of The New York Times Magazine, remarkable because of the things that were written in both -- certain words and phrases that I would never have expected to see in the Times in any form. The first of these was a lengthy piece by French writer Bernard Henri-Levy, titled...
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