Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775
Bestseller turned into cinematic disaster perpetuates muddled-headed myths
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History has always had a tough time at the movies. From the earliest days of Hollywood, epic biopics depicting the lives of figures out of the history books have often had little resemblance to the actual events depicted. Though much about the movies has changed since MGM and its competitors were bowdlerizing the complex lives of the famous into simple...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Each time my Grandpa Morris visited us from Brooklyn, he'd grab my cheek and exclaim in his Old World accent, "Oy, let's have a look at you!" So I'd stand there, half-flattered and half-embarrassed by the attention, cheek held hostage, until with a sigh he let me go. Underneath, it seemed a little silly: How different could I be since...
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Imperative to stop Iran now is getting sidetracked by partisan politics as usual
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This past summer during one of the last episodes of HBO's mega-hit "The Sopranos," A.J., the whiny suicidal son of the show's mafia boss anti-hero, was heard to worry about what he saw as the certain bombing of Iran by President Bush. "You don't know that," his mafia princess sister responded. Though this stray snippet, which was widely noted in...
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Anti-Semitism Hits Home via Google
With growing anti-Semitism in Europe and in North America, the Jewish and pro-Israel communities are facing new challenges. Books like The Israel Lobby by academicians Stephen Walt and John J. Mearsheimer add significant fuel to the fire in terms of the U.S.-Israeli alliance and force us to take a more direct approach when we evaluate the facts. Recently, we have...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
Scholar Amitai Etzioni writes on www.huffingtonpost.com on Oct. 4 that the main accusation of The Israel Lobby thesis is not backed up by the data: "To those of us for whom the claim that the Israel lobby is all-powerful is neither a well-established truism nor an ugly piece of anti-Semitism, the evidence presented in support of this claim matters a...
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