Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774
The overwhelming anti-Israel bias that has come to characterize Middle East studies at major American universities is no longer the dirty little secret of academia. After the publication of scholar Martin Kramer's ground-breaking 2001 book Ivory Towers in the Sand, the momentum has gradually built for Congress to take action to halt the use of federal money to subsidize programs...
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The news that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon intends to bolt from the Likud Party to establish his own "National Responsibility" slate is an earthquake in Israeli politics. For many American Jews who have long deplored the intense polarization of Israeli politics and the impact that this divide has had on American Jewry, the prospect of a centrist triumph is...
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Thanksgiving is a holiday virtually all Americans observe and enjoy. And yet, there is still a lingering doubt on the part of some as to the role that religion can or should play in the festivities. That is a particularly interesting conundrum for religious minorities such as Jews, who rightly seek to maintain a distinction between the faith of the...
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Is there anything not to like about an eruv? On the face of it, certainly not. But in many places, these symbolic barriers that allow observant Jews to carry items outside their homes on the Sabbath are the subjects of fierce communal battles. In some communities, the idea of an eruv pits Jew vs. Jew, as some secular Jews express...
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