Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Jonathan S. Tobin

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Columnist Susan Estrich writes in the St. Petersburg Times ( www.sptimes.com ) on Aug. 24 that the media's embrace of Iraq-war protester Cindy Sheehan ought to worry Jews: "Did an ABC staffer insert the following lines in an e-mail sent by celebrity antiwar mother Cindy Sheehan? " 'Am I emotional? Yes, my firstborn was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he...
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Are hurricanes an indication of the Almighty's displeasure?
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According to most accounts of the last days of the Jewish settlements in Gaza, there were a considerable number among those waiting to be tossed out of their homes who thought some form of divine intervention would save them. That makes sense, since there is no other way to explain why so many of them really thought that the disengagement...
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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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For supporters of Israel, the sense of cognitive dissonance about current events is by now commonplace. This week, Israel is leaving the Gaza Strip 38 years after it conquered the small territory in a defensive war. Those Jewish residents who have not left voluntarily are being forcibly removed. Farms, towns, homes, synagogues and even cemeteries are either being destroyed or...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Palestinians Still Play at Democracy Editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report (www. usnews.com) Mortimer B. Zuckerman writes in its Aug. 15 issue that these days, Israel is alone: “Don’t look now, but the Middle East’s old diplomatic game of make-believe is back. The peace process is hopelessly deadlocked, but the key players pretend otherwise, hoping that wishing...
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