Sunday, February 7, 2016 Shevat 28, 5776

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Last week, I wrote about an established holiday tradition: The practice among the large newsweeklies of turning to religious subjects at the end of the year, and often considering the "real" or "historic" Jesus, which generally means an examination of his Jewish roots. But it seems there was another holiday convention going on, also journalistic, but much newer -- and...
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New book shows U.S. involvement in the Middle East long preceded 'Israel lobby'
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In 1844, a biblical scholar and professor of Hebrew at New York University published a pamphlet urging the establishment of a Jewish state in the place then known as Palestine. The name of this early Zionist who argued for the recreation of Jewish sovereignty over the land of Israel: George Bush. But the astonishing thing about this manifesto is not...
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Jewish Kids and Xmas Trees Just Don't Mix I was very grateful to read that the experts mentioned in "Kosher Christmas Trees?" (Religion & Ethics, Dec. 21) insisted that your best bet to raising Jewish children is not having a tree at holiday time. As a Jew raised by a Jewish mother and Christian father, I disagree with parents raising...
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Stu Goldman
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Capitol Hill History The 110th United States Congress, which was sworn in last week, comes into office not only with the energy of having a new majority party but also by setting some new records. The election of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California as the first woman to be Speaker of the House is rightly considered a watershed moment...
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