Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Tevet 2, 5775
Few tears were shed when Bernard Madoff was hauled off to jail last week. While his despicable $64 billion fraud reached far and wide, it hit especially hard among Jewish individuals and institutions, many of whom were unwittingly ensnared in his web of deceit. The list of organizations he swindled is well-known by now -- Yeshiva University, Hadassah, American Jewish...
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President Barack Obama acted not a moment too soon in lifting the Bush-era restrictions on human embryonic stem-cell research. His executive order gives new hope to those who suffer from Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and other chronic conditions that scientists believe could benefit from such research. Stem-cell research is one of the few issues that bring together Jews of all denominations...
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The Obama administration deserves praise for its decision to pull out of the so-called Durban II conference slated for Geneva in April. The conference is meant to be a follow-up to the now infamous 2001 conference in Durban that was supposed to tackle worldwide racism but instead deteriorated into an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate-fest. By most accounts, the follow up...
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An alarming new report by international inspectors lends a new urgency to the nuclear threat posed by Iran. The headline blared in The New York Times: "Iran has more enriched uranium than originally thought." The story goes on to say that Iran now has enough material to produce a nuclear bomb. As if that wasn't troubling enough, another report this...
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President Barack Obama is wading into risky waters as his administration mulls a U.S. role in a controversial U.N. conference on racism. The conference, slated to be held in Geneva in April, is a follow-up to the notorious 2001 conference in Durban, South Africa, that deteriorated into a virtual hate-fest of Israel and Jews. The Jewish -- and civilized --...
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