Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774
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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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Michael Kinsley, an essayist for Time , wrote one of his cleverest articles recently about John McCain. Called "The Dirtiest Trick," the piece appeared in the Feb. 25 issue, and had as its premise that it was shameful for the Republicans to be on the verge of nominating such a fine human being for president. And this long before McCain...
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Desperate candidates should be pressed for answers about life-and-death issues
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Jonathan S. Tobin
For decades, Americans have looked on with amazement and disgust as a few hundred thousand farmers in Iowa made monkeys of anyone who was crazy enough to run for president. For a couple of months every four years, Des Moines replaces Washington, D.C., as the political capital of the United States. Though it competes for attention with New Hampshire, whose...
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