Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775
The transition of Israel's economy from socialist incompetence to a modern, high-tech engine of wealth is one of the most positive stories coming out of the Jewish state in the last decade. But, as is the case with many good things, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that an Israeli consensus in favor of free-market...
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The wisdom of the Jewish calendar lies in its cycles of rejoicing and reflection. It wisely bridges the gap between the frightening narrative of sorrow and near destruction that animates so much of the Jewish past with the impulse to kick loose and enjoy ourselves. Hence, the absolute necessity for Purim. On Purim, we do not merely remember a narrow...
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One cold war was bad enough. Do the current rulers of the Russian Federation really want another one? That's the question many observers were pondering following a recent speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he threw down a challenge to American foreign policy on virtually every important front. Washington wisely decided not to be baited by Putin and...
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It was one of those distinctive Newsweek covers -- the ones that catch your eye immediately, piques your interest, but in the end don't hold up to prolonged scrutiny. The Jan. 22 cover showed a very young boy, clearly of Middle Eastern origin, holding a man-sized gun against a white background below the headline: "The Next Jihadists." The word "next,"...
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to be commended for her energy and effort, if nothing else, for her dogged determination to carry through with a three-way summit this week with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem. However, it remains to be seen what -- other than a futile attempt to mollify administration critics who continue to claim that Washington...
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