Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

By:
Michael Oren
Nearly 35 years ago, on July 4, 1976, the streets of America were aglow. The nation was celebrating the bicentennial -- the 200th anniversary of its independence. In Israel, too, the streets were radiant. Israel Defense Forces commandos had rescued some 100 hostages held captive by Palestinian terrorists at Uganda's Entebbe Airport. This was one of history's most audacious raids,...
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By:
Marji Goldman
Our two sons Billy and Zach loved playing all sports. So it was a no-brainer when my husband, Andy, who was on the board of the JCC, and I decided to have them try out and participate in the JCC Maccabi Games throughout their teenage years. Our boys are grown now. Zach, 25, a graduate of the University of Michigan...
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By:
Rela Mintz Geffen
One only feels pride or shame, embarrassment or jubilation as a result of the actions of another if there is a familial relationship. That is why, in his groundbreaking studies of Jewish identity, the late social psychologist Simon Herman of Hebrew University used the following types of questions to test the connection between American and Israeli Jewish teenagers and the...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
The response that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received when he addressed Congress last month came from both sides of the aisle. Democrats and Republicans took part in the numerous standing ovations. Afterward, both parties made statements criticizing President Barack Obama's positions and supporting Israel's. But perhaps it's not so surprising that the prime minister attracted such bipartisan support since...
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This week's New Hampshire debate among Republican presidential hopefuls marked the opening salvo in what is certain to be a long, contentious election season. Thankfully, Israel got barely a mention, with only former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum charging that President Barack Obama has "turned his back" on America's allies, including Israel. But don't count on that omission lasting too long...
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