Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

Israel Shouldn't Become Pennsylvania's Ethanol Jonathan Tobin's suggestion that Pennsylvania's Jews should use the upcoming Democratic presidential primary to support Israel or to lay the groundwork for war with Iran is as absurd as it is wrong (A Matter of Opinion: "The Circus Comes to Town," March 13). Unlike Iowans, who, as Tobin points out, have used their caucus to...
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In the hearts of those who dream of peace, hope can never be extinguished. That's why the majority of Israelis and American Jews still believe in and seek peace with the Palestinians, in addition to the rest of the Arab and Islamic world. And yet, there are times when it is vital that even the most ardent dreamers of peace...
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
Despite a decade of embarrassments and criticism from the left and right, The New York Times editors remain smugly confident in their wisdom. Consider a recent editorial, "Talk, but No Peace," which followed Israel's efforts to stop heightened violence from Palestinian-ruled Gaza. "There are a few certainties when it comes to the Middle East," the Times began. "One is that...
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Two strange "these-memoirs-are-actually-fiction" cases cropped up within days of one another earlier this month. The first concerns Misha Defonseca's Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years. The other deals with Love and Consequences, which describes gang life in Los Angeles; its author was listed as Margaret B. Jones. Most amazing of all was that the revelations about the latter made...
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Jon Erlbaum
In the fifth-century BCE, the Jews of the Persian Empire were weakening in their commitment to Judaism. To make matters worse, the evil Haman decided he wanted to destroy the entire Jewish people -- all in one bloody day! Consulting the stars, Haman calculated that the month of Adar would be the most favorable time to attempt his all-in-one-day "final...
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