Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
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Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cabinet have found a unique way to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Id al-Adha, the "Festival of the Sacrifice," that commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son. But instead of slaughtering lambs or goats, as millions of Muslims throughout the world do, Israel's leaders were prepared to sacrifice the lives of countless...
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Saddam's words and Arafat document illustrate the distorted visions of a region
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Two seemingly unrelated events in the waning days and hours of 2006 pretty much summed up everything you need to know about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Their meaning can be characterized simply: The Arab world's obsession with eradicating the State of Israel and the West's willingness to deceive itself about the character of Arab leaders and their intentions both are based...
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Evelyn Gordon
One of the most widespread misconceptions about Israeli-Palestinian talks is that "everyone knows what a deal looks like," and all that's needed is for the parties to sit down and sign it. As The New York Times put it in an editorial last month, "the issue is less how peace would look than whether leaders ... have the political courage...
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Andrew Silow-Carroll
The end of 2007 saw the publication of two important documents on the future of the American synagogue, and, at first glance, they could not appear more different. The first, "Acting Strategically: A Manual for Synagogue Planning," is a product of the Minneapolis-based STAR, or Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal. Written in the language of business consulting, the manual offers a...
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Can the voters think straight about the one thing we elect presidents to do?
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Events have a way of clarifying even the muddiest political puzzles. As Americans prepared to pick the finalists for the presidential contest, the chaos in Pakistan served as a reminder of a simple truth about electing our chief executive. No matter what the candidates say about their priorities or even what voters say they care most about, the one thing...
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