Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
The Begin Precedent Twenty-five years ago this week, the prime minister of Israel faced a wide-ranging dilemma. Menachem Begin was presented with evidence that an Iraqi nuclear reactor that might produce a weapon of mass destruction would soon be operational. He could have continued pursuing apparently fruitless diplomacy or waited in vain for a major power to act. Or he...
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Ignoring the international extravaganza is the right and Jewish thing to do
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Do you know where you are going to be for most of this coming month? Most people around the globe do. They are going to be in front of their television sets (even if they have to hike a few miles to a neighboring village) to watch the quadrennial sports extravaganza that dwarfs the Olympics in international interest, not to...
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Media Clippings
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While it raged, the Lawrence Summers affair engendered a great deal of media copy. But once it ended - quickly and somewhat brutally, with the resignation of Summers from the presidency of Harvard University - the story disappeared completely from the country's radar screen. As you may recall, Summers spent an embattled several years at the helm of Harvard, challenging...
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Ehud Olmert
The following is excerpted from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on May 24. For the complete text of the speech, go to: www.mfa.gov.il . Israel must still meet the momentous challenge of guaranteeing the future of Israel as a democratic state with a Jewish majority, within permanent and defensible borders and...
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
For most people, the act of studying stops abruptly at the end of formal schooling, whether after elementary school, high school or college. Few adults sit and study in a continuous, disciplined way. They find no compelling need or motivation. Curiosity is a characteristic of youth. Other primates abandon curiosity relatively early in order to deal with the problems of...
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