Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to take a stereotype and send it spinning on its head. That's exactly what the "Pulp Fiction" director has done with "Inglourious Basterds," his latest movie, opening in the region this Friday, in which Jews don't play the victims -- for a change -- during the Holocaust. To everything, change ... and it's a welcome...
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Why Are Gays Relegated to the 'Back of the Bus'? I was disheartened and even disgusted to read the only coverage of the vicious murders of two young gay Israelis, who were brutally gunned down at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Tel Aviv, on Page 35 of the Aug. 6 Jewish Exponent in your "News in Brief" section...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
One stark difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats appear to be far more willing to confront and publicly denounce bigots and extremists in their own fold. This has been highlighted by the GOP leadership's failure to condemn Rush Limbaugh's divisive, race-baiting diatribes. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama unambiguously rejected and repudiated Louis Farrakhan, calling the Nation...
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Stephen J. Savitsky
I was privileged on July 13 to be invited, along with 16 other Jewish leaders, to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. Much has been written about this historic meeting; it's hard to believe there have been so many commentaries on a one-hour session. Everyone there has a version of what happened; I'm no different. For me,...
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Jacob Schuman
As we approach the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, Americans should take the opportunity to learn not only the familiar lessons about economic and racial injustice, but also to embrace the responsibilities these lessons oblige. New Orleans nourishes a vibrant African-American culture and a flourishing Jewish community. More fundamentally, our communities' shared sufferings demand our special commitment...
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