Monday, June 27, 2016 Sivan 21, 5776

The wisdom of the Jewish calendar lies in its cycles of rejoicing and reflection. It wisely bridges the gap between the frightening narrative of sorrow and near destruction that animates so much of the Jewish past with the impulse to kick loose and enjoy ourselves. Hence, the absolute necessity for Purim. On Purim, we do not merely remember a narrow...
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One cold war was bad enough. Do the current rulers of the Russian Federation really want another one? That's the question many observers were pondering following a recent speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he threw down a challenge to American foreign policy on virtually every important front. Washington wisely decided not to be baited by Putin and...
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Time for plain talk about the racism of the anti-Zionists and their falsehoods
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In case you missed it, last month college campuses in the United States, Canada and Britain hosted an "Israeli Apartheid Week," in which prominent scholars and artists all got together to agree about the State of Israel's beastliness. That such nonsense is presented at places like Hunter College in New York City, the University of Toronto and even at supposedly...
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It was one of those distinctive Newsweek covers -- the ones that catch your eye immediately, piques your interest, but in the end don't hold up to prolonged scrutiny. The Jan. 22 cover showed a very young boy, clearly of Middle Eastern origin, holding a man-sized gun against a white background below the headline: "The Next Jihadists." The word "next,"...
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Edmund Case and Micah Sachs
Charles Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities begins with the famous opening line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title, but a different spirit. Ignoring positive evidence from Boston and elsewhere that more intermarried families are raising their children as Jews, Cohen's "A...
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