Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775
Diaspora vision of Zionist icons ought to survive, despite changes and turmoil
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For Jewish youngsters of past generations, Israel has always provided two invigorating symbols for the future. One was that of the pioneering Jewish farmer, who had shaken off the dust of a debilitating Diaspora and returned to the land of our ancestors. The second was that of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces - tough Jews whose victories would...
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Hillel Halkin
Let's face it. With disengagement from Gaza nearly complete, the anti-disengagement forces have already won. That's not, of course, how it's being portrayed by the media. There, we see tearful settlers being evicted by tearful soldiers, who are also playing hide-and-seek with thousands of ideologically teenagers until the last of them is pulled from the bushes in time to go...
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Michael Freund
The destruction of Gaza Jewry has begun. It's hard to believe that we have reached such a point in the nation's history. After so many years of struggle and sacrifice, those once celebrated as pioneers by successive Israeli governments are now jeered at as they face expulsion from their homes. Yesterday's heroes have been transformed into villains, with Gaza's Jews...
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Several months ago, Corby Kummer, an editor at The Atlantic, outed himself, Jewishly speaking - at least to me. I'd been reading him for years in the magazine, and had assumed from his name that he was of patrician stock. But in a piece titled "Kosher Conversion," he mentioned that during his childhood, his family had tagged meat-related items with...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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To Life, to Life — to Rosie! Who knew that Tevye’s Golde could be such a cutie-patootie? The producers of “Fiddler on the Roof” sure did, which may explain why they cast Rosie O’Donnell as the caring kvetch of a wife who is Tevye’s burden to handle in the Broadway revival of “Fiddler,” introducing her to the role Sept. 20...
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