Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775
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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?
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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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Michael Adler
I returned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver stirred by the announcement of Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, to say nothing of the memorable acceptance speech by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and then the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee. It was the most momentous week of this,...
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Linda Lingle
If there was any doubt that Sen. John McCain would shake up Washington and institute real change, the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential nominee has put those doubts to rest. Few people can match McCain's maverick spirit and bipartisan nature like Palin. I've known Sarah Palin since her election as governor in 2006. I am...
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Asaf Romirowsky
The eminent doyen of Middle East Studies Bernard Lewis noted that the success of Edward Said's book, Orientalism , was in being able to transform a term that had always referred to an area of academic specialty focusing on societies and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia into an expression of political abuse. As Lewis prophesied, shortly...
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