Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
It's time once again to take the 5769 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
By:
Jonathan S. Tobin
Did you have a good time in 5768? For Jews around the world, it was the usual assortment of bad -- and even worse -- news. Of course, not everything was awful. It was a year in which the tide turned in favor of the American war effort in Iraq. The rocket barrage on southern Israel was halted (for the...
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By:
Jon Erlbaum
Imagine the world's wealthiest investor finally gives you an appointment after you've waited an entire year for meaningful face time. You know all too well that if you can only manage to get him on board with your vision, he can effortlessly transform your creative dreams into a concrete reality. After painstaking preparation, you arrive at the meeting and begin...
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By:
Stewart D. Friedman
Now is the time of year when we return to what matters most in our lives. We reflect on what we've done and we commit to making things better in the year ahead. What a great and powerful moment in the Jewish cycle. For without this annual taking stock, how can we evolve to become the person we want to...
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We've all heard the admonition: If you get a tattoo -- if you desecrate your body in this way -- you will not be able to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Such phrases filled Jewish childhoods in mid-20th century America; and yet, who would have imagined way back then that this standard parental admonition would provide the lead for...
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Should Americans care what foreigners think about the presidential election?
By:
Jonathan S. Tobin
Earlier this year, I met with a foreign ambassador who, when asked what he thought about America's zany primary election season, readily confessed that he had a rooting interest in the outcome. "We're all hoping that [Sen. Barack] Obama will win," the ambassador confided. While casting no aspersions on the Republicans, the prospect of an American president with whom the...
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