Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
Scholar Robert Satloff writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on June 8 that Bashar Assad’s days may be numbered: “President Bashar al Assad of Syria has lately seemed to be doing everything possible to make himself an ex-dictator — and this week he took yet another step in that direction. “Assad delivered the keynote address to the 10th...
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"Lactivists." I'm not generally keen on made-up words, but this one's got a beautiful quality all its own. As you may have heard, lactivists are nursing mothers ticked off about criticism of breast-feeding voiced by Barbara Walters, that wonderful member of the tribe on "The View." It seems that she announced a few weeks ago on the air that the...
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Bush's romance with Abbas leaves Republicans with some explaining to do
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Jews are an especially paranoid lot. Often, it doesn't take much to set us off. In the latest case, it was the mere mention of a date that set alarm bells ringing: 1949. At a joint press conference held at the White House May 26, President Bush uttered the following statement in the presence of Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas:...
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Naomi Ragen
I am a 55-year-old, white, middle-class American woman. I am one of the loyal fans who have made Oprah Winfrey the queen of American television, and a successful magazine magnate. I am special in only one respect: I have lived in Jerusalem for the past 35 years, and only narrowly escaped the Passover massacre together with my family in 2002...
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Can a religious denomination retain its adherents when they find themselves increasingly at odds with its practices? Despite the opposition of what polls say is a sizable portion of American Catholics, the church has not changed its positions on birth control or abortion. But in the less centralized world of American Jewry, where movement between synagogues and even denominations is...
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