Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775

By:
Jonathan D. Sarna
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us. April 12 marked the firing on Fort Sumter, the war's opening shot. From now until the April 9, 2015 anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and five days later of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, every major event in the "ordeal of the union" seems likely to be...
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Letter-Writer's Assertions Were a Little Skewed Although I appreciated someone reading and responding to my March 24 opinion piece, "Jews Have a Right to Live in Israel, Anywhere They Choose," it is unfortunate that the gentleman who wrote is not entirely accurate in his assertions. First, the Ramban (Nachmanides) does not say that the mitzvot are required to be observed...
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"Let all who are hungry come and eat." It's a central tenet of our Passover seder, yet how often do we stop and reflect on the powerful message that this line imparts -- the mandate to remember the hungry. In all probability, most of us will not be sharing our seders with those who are truly hungry, those who don't...
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Talk about a case of too little, way too late. Despite all the hype surrounding Richard Goldstone's sudden change of heart -- admitting that he erred in accusing Israel of deliberately targeting civilians in its war against Hamas -- the damage is done. The fallout from the initial report struck an incalculable blow to Israel's image in the global arena,...
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By:
Alan Abbey
The youth baseball team I coach here in Jerusalem, the Wildcats -- comprised of 15 boys, ages 10-12, including my son -- had a game scheduled at the Kraft Family Stadium in central Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. In the morning, my biggest concern was whether we would be rained out. Instead, two hours before the first...
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