Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
Iranian threat requires action, not just harsh talk about Holocaust buffoonery
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For most politicians and pundits, it was just like shooting ducks in a barrel. Rarely has an international event united so diverse a group of writers and power-brokers in revulsion. The cause of all this unanimity was the Holocaust-denial conference sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its irrepressible President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was the sort of freak show...
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By:
Alan Dershowitz
Not surprisingly, in his final case -- on the legitimacy of targeted assassinations of Palestinian terrorists -- recently retired Chief Justice of Israel's Supreme Court Aharon Barak arrived at just the sort of Solomonic compromise for which he is famous. According to the unanimous panel's ruling, Israel may preemptively target and kill terrorists, but it may not kill former terrorists...
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Alan Luxenberg
It is by now a commonplace to lament the significant drop-out rate from Hebrew school following the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Unfortunately, a majority of Jewish students will enter college -- now reputed to be a place of widespread hostility toward the State of Israel -- with no formal Jewish education beyond seventh or eighth grade. What understanding...
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Advocacy Corner
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Asaf Romirowsky
The latest book by Carmen Callil, Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland meticulously details the actions of Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, the Vichy official who organized the deportation of French Jews to Auschwitz. Callil's hypothesis goes astray as she decided to comment on the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic, saying that Palestinians are all oppressed by Israelis. Consequently, the French...
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Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein
Conservative Judaism has taken a historic step by opening a door to the ordination of gay men and women, and same-sex commitment ceremonies. In line with Conservative Judaism's most cherished values, this decision reflects both a reasoned approach toward halachah and respect for ever-evolving Conservative beliefs and practices. It is important to understand that the responsa, or decisions, of the...
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