Sunday, July 5, 2015 Tammuz 18, 5775
Excerpts from international writers with commentary on issues relating to the Middle East, Israel and world Jewry: Can Centrist Party Bring New Sobriety to Israeli Politics? Shalem Center fellow Yossi Klein Halevi writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on Dec. 2 about whether Israeli centrists have a chance: "With Sharon's new party, Israel's centrist majority has finally found...
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Sharon's earthquake changes Israeli politics, but will it impact American Jews?
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To hard-core Israeli right-wingers, Ariel Sharon was always the guy who didn't know the words to "Shir Betar." That was the hymn composed by Zionist legend Ze'ev Jabotinsky; it was the anthem for the Betar youth movement that always served as the core of the nationalist camp the Likud Party always claimed to lead. For those who idolized Menachem Begin...
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Jonathan Rosenblum
Jack Wertheimer has issued another one of his periodic jeremiads on the state of mainstream American Jewry in the October issue of Commentary magazine titled "Jews and the Jewish Birthrate." In recent years, Wertheimer has emerged as one of the most incisive analysts of American Jewry. Though he holds a high position within the establishment, he is unsparing in his...
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Leonard Fein
When the bomb was thrown 22 years ago, many were aghast: Surely, it would lead to an irreparable schism in the Jewish people. Even within the Reform Jewish movement, from which the explosive decision known as "patrilineal descent" had emanated, there were cautionary voices. The Reform rabbinate in Israel was either ruggedly opposed or, at the least, very skeptical of...
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I look forward with anticipation to The American Jewish Archives Journal, which arrives every six months or so. There's always something interesting to read in its crisp, white, scholarly pages. The Archives Journal may be the least visible important Jewish publication in America, available only through subscription, I believe, and probably of interest only to those with an abiding love...
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