Friday, September 4, 2015 Elul 20, 5775

By:
Kenneth H. Ryesky
On Aug. 11, 2004, while leading a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by Gratz College, I predicted that charities and other tax-exempt organizations could expect more stringent oversight by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Congress, and that such official attention would come to affect Jewish communal life. Unmistakable signals of a coming crackdown had been apparent in the...
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By:
Lori Lowenthal Marcus
There's a particularly chilling scene in the movie "The Pianist," starring Adrien Brody. It comes at a critical moment when the train's already chugging along on the path to insanity and destruction, but before all was destroyed. In it, the family of the protagonist has been forced into the Warsaw ghetto. The head of the family is sitting at a...
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'Single-Payer' System Still the Fairest of Them All In his July 30 opinion piece, "Don't Adopt the Medicare Model in Expanding U.S. Coverage," David E. Edman made several serious errors in addressing the crisis in health care. First, Americans do not have access to the best health care in the world unless they are among the small privileged class. Between...
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In the ever-elusive quest for peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors, what goes around comes around. And much of it is not very encouraging. The Obama administration is signaling plans for yet another international conference, Arab nations are once again rejecting U.S. pleas for gestures toward Israel, and even Yasser Arafat has risen from the dead to cast his...
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After months of nervous restraint over the Obama administration's policy toward Iran, Israelis are understandably running out of patience. Both the nervousness and the impatience were on display this week after U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met with top Israeli officials. Ehud Barak, Israel's defense minister, said that any engagement with Iran "should be short in time, well-defined in...
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