Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

By:
Yossi Alpher
Once again, Israel's elections reflected the dominant role played by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in determining the direction of Israeli politics. Now, it appears likely that the conflict will also dictate the creation of a centrist coalition that may not resolve it, but at least will do it no harm. It was pessimism toward prospects for a viable Israeli-Palestinian peace process,...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
The recent wave of anti-Semitic outbursts in various nations raises important questions about how to respond effectively to such assaults. A little-known episode that took place 65 years ago this month, involving a German-American high school principal, provides some guidance. The latest outrages have included the attempted bombing of a synagogue in Kiev; the mob attack on a synagogue in...
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Local and national Jewish organizations have taken the highly unusual step of actively lobbying for the $800-plus billion economic recovery package that is making its way through Congress. And well they should. Whether we have been touched personally by the economic crisis or not -- and many Jews have, in one way or another -- we, like all Americans, have...
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Reviewer Should Not Use Finkelstein as His Guide Robert Leiter's review of two Holocaust documents -- a diary by Petr Ginz and poetry by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger ("Sometimes It's Best to Let Ghosts Lie Still," Jan. 22), lacked any hint of humanity, compassion, or sense of morality and social justice. His haughty dismissal of the works, without any specific criticisms, left...
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By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
"We are coming," the chorus of a famous Civil War song declares, "coming our union to restore, we are coming, Father Abraham, with 300,000 more." Like hundreds of thousands of other American citizens, Jews in the north rallied around President Lincoln's call to preserve America as one nation during the Civil War. What compelled so many Jews to respond to...
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