Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
Tiff over oath scratches the surface of a far more difficult clash of values
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In late November, radio talk-show host and columnist Dennis Prager penned an article criticizing an incoming member of Congress for announcing that he would take the oath of office in January by swearing upon a Koran. Prager is a respected Jewish author who was recently added to the roster of the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which...
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Media Clippings
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A ridiculous coupling of subjects occurred in the "Style" section of The New York Times on Oct. 29. For some reason, this department, which seems dedicated to scraping together as much fluff as can be found in the world, has decided to run a weekly book review. Neither of these pursuits is objectionable -- either devotion to peddling fluff or...
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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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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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