Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Shevat 8, 5775
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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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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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John R. Cohn, M.D.
Despite a decade of embarrassments and criticism from the left and right, The New York Times editors remain smugly confident in their wisdom. Consider a recent editorial, "Talk, but No Peace," which followed Israel's efforts to stop heightened violence from Palestinian-ruled Gaza. "There are a few certainties when it comes to the Middle East," the Times began. "One is that...
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Isi Leibler
Since 1967, French Middle East policy has been consistently hostile and displayed cynical disregard for Israel's security needs. Yet in the course of a keynote speech delivered at the annual banquet of the French Jewish umbrella organization CRIF, President Nicholas Sarkozy outlined his views on a wide variety of issues related to the Jewish people and Israel. This was the...
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
The sight of Gazans rejoicing at the cold-blooded murder of eight yeshiva students who had not hurt anyone was particularly jolting for me. I am a religious man, and feel an immediate affinity with all who profess a love for God and strive to live a life of religious devotion. Meeting religious people of different faiths is always a great...
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