Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

Confusing True Innocents With Deadly Terrorists In response to Robert Leiter's review of the book Torture and the War on Terror by Tzvetan Todorov (Nov. 12), I suppose that I would not support burning a terrorist at the stake or flaying him alive to gain information that would save the lives of innocents. Yet I would agree to leaving the...
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By:
Jehuda Reinhar
The Talmud teaches that if a king of Israel dies, all Jews are eligible to succeed him. But if a scholar dies, he cannot be replaced. I hope this is not so. Like the Talmudic sages, today's Jewish educators have made it their life's work to ensure safe passage of our age-old tradition from one generation to the next. But...
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By:
Barry Rubin
The real reason why there isn't Israeli-Palestinian peace has little to do with Israeli or American policies but rather relates to that most neglected of all regional issues: Palestinian politics and ideology. The basic problem is that the Palestinian movement has not truly reconciled itself to a two-state solution. Rather, it persists in believing that total victory, with Israel's disappearance...
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It is ironic that in the same week that Jehuda Reinharz, the esteemed outgoing president of Brandeis University, issued a clarion call for greater investment in developing highly qualified Jewish educators (see Editorial & Opinion), the faculty of the Barrack Hebrew Academy went on strike. The cancelation of classes and school activities at the pluralistic middle and high school has...
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By:
Rabbi Mayer Selekman
Visit any Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform congregation on a Shabbat morning where there's a Bat/Bar Mitzvah in an interfaith family, and observe who's participating, where and how. Are both parents sitting on the bimah? Are both parents reciting the blessings for their aliyah during the Torah reading? Are both sets of grandparents participating in the handing down of the Torah?...
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