Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
The prospect of a third Jew on the U.S. Supreme Court -- and the second Jewish woman -- is both exciting and mind-boggling. In many ways, Elena Kagan's story exemplifies par excellence the typical Jewish American story: the granddaughter of Russian immigrants whose parents instilled a strong commitment to education and social justice. And by most accounts, Kagan's Jewish connections...
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It is far too early to determine if the recent flurry of economic sanctions against Iran will have the intended effect of halting Tehran's march toward nuclear capability. The activity over the past few weeks reflects a new and sorely needed resolve among key players locally, nationally and internationally that taking a chance on a nuclear Iran is not an...
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We are fast approaching the fourth anniversary of the capture of Gilad Shalit, who is being held by the terrorist group Hamas somewhere in the Gaza Strip. The young Israel Defense Force corporal was taken on June 25, 2006, in a cross-border raid when he was a mere 19 years old. The fact that this day comes in the wake...
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You could be forgiven for feeling that we are passing through the theater of the absurd in a front-row seat that keeps spinning out of control. But there is not a speck of amusement to be gleaned from this show -- only pain and fear. That the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla has unleashed such an international uproar speaks...
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Amid all the massive media attention that followed Israel's raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza on Monday, the juxtaposition of two stories in many of the country's newspapers the next day was more than ironic. The headlines in The Philadelphia Inquirer provided as good an example as any: "Outcry, crisis after deadly raid by Israel" was followed by this,...
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