Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Kislev 3, 5775

Joshua Runyan

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Mention the contentious issues of stem cells or cloning at a meeting of a Jewish communal organization that frequently weighs in on some of the more political topics of the day and you're likely to stir up a hornet's nest. Indeed, according to University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe, these two subjects have managed to replace abortion as "the...
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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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Stanford University professor Larry Diamond was against the United States' 2003 invasion of Iraq from the beginning. He had argued that Saddam Hussein's attempts to develop weapons of mass destruction were nowhere near the threat to the United States that anti-Americanism abroad presented. As he writes in his recently published Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and Bungled Effort to Bring...
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As rifts start to expand among mainline Protestant churches over the question of divestment from Israel, cracks are appearing in the very denomination that brought the divestment debate to the fore. Aided by the Jewish community, pro-Israel members of the Presbyterian Church USA - which last year castigated Israel, and endorsed a policy of divestment over the Jewish state's policies...
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After Pennsylvania voters go to the polls on Tuesday and wrap up a relatively quiet municipal election cycle, a slew of races will officially kick off for the next Election Day. And at the top of the ticket in 2006 will be the quest for the governor's mansion. In October's Quinnipiac University poll, voters in the commonwealth give Gov. Ed...
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