Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
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Another plagiarism scandal has come and gone, and the amassed minions in the media dutifully bided their time, clocking every permutation. But the only real insight into the whole fiasco came in an opinion piece by novelist Whitney Otto called "Unoriginal Sins," which appeared in The New York Times of May 12. As you may recall, Harvard University undergrad Kaavya...
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Jonathan Rosenblum
The Torah contains many prohibitions against speaking derogatorily of others. When it comes to the laws of lashon hara , even truth is not a defense, except in certain narrowly defined circumstances. Underlying the proscriptions against derogatory speech is the idea that we create our world through our speech. One of the problems with today's Israeli society is that there...
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Douglas M. Bloomfield
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem - hey, that's politics. This month, President Bush, for the 10th time, signed a waiver delaying a congressional mandate to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The event will go largely unnoticed, even in this highly charged election season. But not if Dick Hellman, head of the Christians' Israel...
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Gaza beach explosion once again exposes media sloppiness and bias
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When an explosion on a Gaza beach killed several Palestinians earlier this month, the international media didn't pause to think, research or ask questions about the incident. They simply jumped. On Israel. As a picture of a Palestinian girl grieving over the corpse of a dead relative spread around the world and onto the front pages of newspapers like The...
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Media Watch
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John Cohn, M.D.
The week of June 4 was a good week for the United States and Iraqis attempting to bring a halt to the carnage wracking that nation. On June 8, two laser guided American 550 pound bombs found their target, bringing to an end Musab al Zarqawi's life. As The New York Times observed, "It is good news for Washington, and...
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