Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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Steven M. Cohen
Not many years ago, it was taken as axiomatic that intermarriage constitutes a significant threat to Jewish continuity. For individual families, we understood that more often than not, the children of the intermarried would be raised as non-Jews. And since intermarrying Jews have fewer children -- and because most of their children won't identify as Jews -- intermarriage implied fewer...
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Media Clippings
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The New York Times continues its ongoing project of enshrining American Communists as if they were some of this nation's most heroic citizens. The process nowadays tends to take place on the obituary pages since these aged radicals are fast reaching their 80s and 90s, and have begun dying off. Consistently, reporters indulge in a form of journalistic hagiography when...
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Drawing the wrong conclusions about Iraq shouldn't lead us to worse mistakes on Iran
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The passage last week in the U.S. House of Representatives of a nonbinding resolution opposing a troop buildup in Iraq was pure symbolism. But in modern war, such symbolism is often as powerful as an exploding car bomb. Whatever its ultimate place in the account of the stunning decline in American public support for this war, it does serve as...
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Rafael Medoff
Anne Frank's family tried to escape the Nazis by going to America, but they were turned away. This extraordinary new chapter in the teenager's tragic saga was made public on Feb. 14, when the YIVO Institute for Jewish Studies in New York City released 80 newly discovered documents from the correspondence of Anne's father, Otto Frank. They detail his efforts,...
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Edmund Case and Micah Sachs
Charles Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities begins with the famous opening line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title, but a different spirit. Ignoring positive evidence from Boston and elsewhere that more intermarried families are raising their children as Jews, Cohen's "A...
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