Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775

Letter writers argue over whether supporting Israel is in the best interests of the United States.
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They say it takes a village and, in the case of the JCC Maccabi Games set to launch here on Sunday, we can see that, at the very least, it takes a generous -- and organized -- community. As detailed in this week's cover story, the logistics required to put these games together are mind-boggling. Kudos go to Beth Segal,...
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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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By:
Joel Alperson
At least a portion of my hometown of Omaha, Neb., may well be under water soon. Pumps are in place at various locations, including at a nuclear power plant not far from town. The Missouri River, which borders our city, has risen to dangerous levels. Some Omaha residents have taken to sandbagging to help reinforce critical locations along the river...
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By:
Philip Getz
In mid-June, The Nation published an article by a young alumna of Birthright Israel, the organization that since 1999 has sent 260,000 young Diaspora Jews (including this writer) on free 10-day tours of the Jewish state. In "The Romance of Birthright Israel," Kiera Feldman, a 2008 graduate of Brown, marshals anecdotal evidence and a sprinkling of recent critical literature to...
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