Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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Two strange "these-memoirs-are-actually-fiction" cases cropped up within days of one another earlier this month. The first concerns Misha Defonseca's Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years. The other deals with Love and Consequences, which describes gang life in Los Angeles; its author was listed as Margaret B. Jones. Most amazing of all was that the revelations about the latter made...
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Jon Erlbaum
In the fifth-century BCE, the Jews of the Persian Empire were weakening in their commitment to Judaism. To make matters worse, the evil Haman decided he wanted to destroy the entire Jewish people -- all in one bloody day! Consulting the stars, Haman calculated that the month of Adar would be the most favorable time to attempt his all-in-one-day "final...
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Ami Eden
Children in costumes. Parents celebrating. Stories of massacres greeted with revelry. Sounds like a decent pitch for Hamas television -- if you switch the Hebrew to Arabic and ignore that it's the scene at most synagogues in the world on the night of Purim. To be fair, most of the Jews in the pews -- and for that matter, the...
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True to form, activists and the establishment march in opposite directions on China
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Jonathan S. Tobin
Psychologists have sometimes used the Rorschach test for personality assessments. Whether or not reactions to a series of ink blots actually means anything or not is a matter of opinion. But when it comes to politics, there are some issues that function more or less the way the Rorschach is supposed to. Like the ink blots, some topics produce a...
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Media Clippings
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Even as newspaper-lovers continue buying their favorite publications each morning and pouring over them during their commutes, the news emanating from the industry is dour indeed. An article in the Feb. 7 New York Times had nothing but bad news from the headline on down (and this was before real recession fears had set in). "Paper Cuts" was the article's...
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