Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

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Adam Levick
On May 20, at 9:30 a.m., I became a citizen of Israel, the first sovereign Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. And, as I walked around Jerusalem on that first day, what struck me most was the feeling of responsibility -- that I wasn't just a supporter anymore. This was now my country, and the responsibilities of citizenship weighed...
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Begin, the Son: Can He Be Right About Obama? I would never ascribe to Benny Begin the qualities of a typical leftist dove, i.e., gullibility and naivété. However, reading the Sept. 17 issue of the Jewish Exponent, I came across the following sentence in the article describing Mr. Begin's recent visit to Philadelphia (City & Suburb: "Begin, the Son, Sees...
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"There is nothing new under the sun." This old adage from Ecclesiastes came to mind repeatedly this week as Palestinian violence threatened a third intifada in Jerusalem and a U.N. council decision to put off action on the controversial Goldstone report created an intra-Palestinian firestorm. Though seemingly unrelated, these developments -- all coming at the height of the Jewish holiday...
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Lots of Glee Expressed in Tehran Over America's Economic Woes Analyst Jonathan Schanzer writes in the Washington Times ( www.washingtontimes.com ) on Oct. 22 about high spirits in Tehran: "As Americans struggle with the loss of wealth resulting from the ongoing credit crunch, subprime mortgage meltdown, and subsequent stock drops, the leading figures of the Islamic Republic of Iran are...
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The universe of Paul Celan, one of the central poets of the 20th century, continues to expand for English-speaking readers, thanks to certain enterprising translators. This year saw the publication by Sheep Meadow Press of the demanding Snow Part , rendered by Ian Fairley. Now the intrepid American Poetry Review , based here in Philadelphia and considered by many to...
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