Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775
Jerry Falwell embodied the great contradiction of modern American Jewish politics
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Jonathan S. Tobin
In 1984, the United States rectified a diplomatic anomaly when it formally recognized the Vatican and agreed to exchange ambassadors with the papal mini-state in Rome. But when Congress held hearings on the measure, at least one discordant voice was heard in dissent. Rev. Jerry Falwell, by then already a familiar figure as the head of the "Moral Majority" group,...
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Failure. Does anyone in 21st-century America really believe there are benefits to it, any lessons to be learned except by being an all-out winner? In our take-no-prisoners society, where people speak incessantly of win-win situations, is there a place for not coming out except on top? These days, in the creative world, you have one chance to make good, perhaps...
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Write On? Ten years ago, Granta magazine, which has long been a fixture in British literary life, dedicated an issue to the 20 "Best Young American Novelists." By young, the editors meant under 40; and their choices included Sherman Alexie, Edwidge Danticat, Jeffrey Eugenides and Jonathan Franzen. The most recent edition revisits the idea, and makes much about the fact...
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
After the great miracles of the Exodus, the splitting of the Red Sea and all of the major events that the Jewish people experienced before arriving at Mount Sinai came the giving of the Torah. What was the purpose of the sublime revelation itself? The actual contents of the Ten Commandments -- for instance, belief in God, honoring one's parents...
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Evelyn Gordon
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is not purposely trying to destroy all of Israel's hard-won security gains of the last five years. But if she were, she could hardly have improved on her new benchmark proposal for Israelis and Palestinians. The proposal comprises two parallel sets of "benchmarks": steps (mainly Israeli) to increase Palestinian freedom of movement, and steps (mainly...
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