Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775
By:
Faye Bittker
A famous 1993 New Yorker cartoon shows one dog saying to another: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." There's a message in that joke, even today. We are inundated with information from sources we know nothing about. So though it is highly unlikely that the blog you're reading was written by a dog, it is more than possible...
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Jonathan D. Sarna
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us. April 12 marked the firing on Fort Sumter, the war's opening shot. From now until the April 9, 2015 anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and five days later of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, every major event in the "ordeal of the union" seems likely to be...
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By:
Lorne Opler
I always thought of myself as one of the lucky Jews never directly affected by the Holocaust. My paternal grandparents arrived in the United States decades before World War II broke out. My mother's parents immigrated to Canada in the 1920s. Yet the Shoah was not completely absent from my childhood. It was incorporated in my Jewish day-school curriculum, woven...
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By:
Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman
If a pharaoh fell in the Red Sea but nobody told the story, did it actually happen? No. If no pharaoh fell in the Red Sea, but we told the story for 3,000 years, did it actually happen? Yes. Is it still happening? Yes. To people brought up in the modern mode of focusing on cold, hard facts, these responses...
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Steven Windmueller
American Jews are political animals, deeply passionate about politics, as generally more than 80 percent of eligible Jewish voters participate in the electoral process. Throughout American history, Jews have held a special regard for their civic responsibility. Throughout much of the 20th century, Jews have supported Democratic Party candidates. Over time, there has been a debate about whether "the Jewish...
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