Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Sivan 9, 5775
The debt-ceiling deal signed this week may have averted a catastrophic default on U.S. loans and a downgraded credit rating, but we're not out of the woods yet. Given the dysfunction and brinksmanship that prevailed until the 11th hour, the looming battles over the next round of spending cuts should make us all nervous. Almost everything, it appears, will be...
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In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Norway last weekend, the presumably "pro-Israel" ideology included in the professed killer's rantings makes us all cringe. But it's more than disturbing; it reflects a not-so-subtle shift in the European political landscape that we must recognize and confront. Anders Behring Breivik is charged with detonating a car bomb outside Oslo's government headquarters...
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Sealing a deal on the debt ceiling and deficit reduction is proving to be as elusive as finding a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The irony is that in this country, we're all presumably on the same side. Our political leaders, while ideologically diverse, should at least have a common interest in avoiding a default on U.S. loans that most...
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The United Nations is at it again, and it's still two months before the potential showdown over Palestinian statehood. The latest affront comes from the Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on Palestinian rights who posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal blog. The post by Richard Falk featured a cartoon depicting a dog wearing a shirt labeled "USA" and a...
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This week, as we celebrate the independence of the United States, is a propitious time to reflect on just how far we have come as Jews in this country. Founded on the abiding principles of democracy, religious liberty and minority rights, we have gained -- and earned -- a level of religious freedom, economic success and political status unparalleled in...
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