Sunday, December 4, 2016 Kislev 4, 5777
By:
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Noah Feldman was a brilliant, Orthodox Jewish Rhodes scholar who arrived in Oxford in my fourth year as rabbi there in 1992. We quickly hit it off. For one thing, there was scarcely a subject -- Jewish or secular -- upon which Noah did not have some profound knowledge. We studied Talmud together several times a week. Noah was one...
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If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kosher Kitchen!
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Rabbi Avi Shafran
One can't help but feel sad for Noah Feldman. In spite of his considerable professional accomplishments -- a law professorship at Harvard, three books, a slew of well-received essays and a fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations, to name a few -- the young Jew is clearly stewing. A bubble of his own imagining has burst in his face...
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Media Clippings
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I was shocked when I read the headline of the opinion piece in the Aug. 4 issue of The New York Times: "Scenes From an Overrated Career." The pullquote only made things worse: "Why hardly anyone watches Bergman films anymore." I couldn't believe it. This was just days after the great Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman had died at age...
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Media Watch
By:
John R. Cohn, M.D.
Earlier in the year, as reported in this column and elsewhere, Britain's National Union of Journalists was roundly criticized for proposing a boycott of Israeli goods. On July 10, the Guardian newspaper, reported that this union's executive council had announced it was abandoning the boycott measure. "The boycott motion was highly controversial," the newspaper reported, "and was attacked by critics...
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By:
Gerald M. Steinberg
B'tselem is one of the most powerful and controversial lobbies in Israel, and plans to open an office in Washington to increase the debate on this NGO's activities. While using human-rights rhetoric and couching its statements in moral tones, B'tselem has a focus that is primarily political. It was founded "to change Israeli policy in the occupied territories," and is...
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