Friday, April 24, 2015 Iyyar 5, 5775
Tepid response to Spielberg film raises some 'Passionate' questions
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Whenever questions are raised about the accuracy or the truth of something portrayed in a film, the movie-makers and/or their public-relations representatives have a ready-made response. "It's just a movie," they say. The exchange invariably concludes with the film's people advising critics to "Lighten up. Nobody expects movies to be historically accurate or true." That answer has a lot of...
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Rafael Medoff
As public debate grows over the Bush administration's eavesdropping policy, some American Jews are recalling a time when the Roosevelt administration undertook some questionable eavesdropping of its own - and Jewish activists, including some in Philadelphia, were the targets. The year was 1944, and the object of U.S. government wrath was the Bergson group, a political action committee led by...
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Barry Rubin
Palestinian politics is just starting to get interesting. Yet much of the world seems to be oblivious - at least in terms of actual policy - to the monumental changes taking place. Every day I read articles that explain in lofty terms how Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the moderates must be helped; how he needs to be encouraged to...
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New Spielberg film shows why fighting terror's not a job for
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Steven Spielberg's latest film, "Munich" which opens this week, is, the opening credits tell us, "inspired by real events." The events center on the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes, and the subsequent campaign by the Jewish state to hunt down those involved in the murder of its citizens. Carried out in the presence of the international media and...
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Lori Schneide
VH1's onto it. John Stewart is embodying it. And The New York Times is covering it. It's the hip Jewish phenomena. And if there's ever a time to blow your Jewish horn, it's now. You see, there's a reason for all of this Jewish shofar-blowing. It's actually a mitzvah. And during this time of season we've come to know as...
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