Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

All in Context
I had never heard of Richard Misrach until I ran across several stunning spreads of his muted color photographs in the August issue of Smithsonian magazine. The brief text that accompanied the images was written by Kenneth R. Fletcher and was titled, appropriately, "The Beach," as that is what the photos depict -- people appearing to enjoy themselves on the...
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GOP veep pick's speech reignites culture wars and sets liberals' teeth on edge
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Jonathan S. Tobin
One of the most intriguing episodes of American political history, and one with particular resonance for observers of this year's presidential race, took place at the Democratic National Convention in 1896. At that time, the Democrats were split between supporters of the policies of outgoing conservative incumbent President Grover Cleveland and the party's left wing, known to history as the...
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By:
Stu Goldman
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The obligation to aid Jews in need is integral to the practice of Judaism and the fabric of American Jewish life. But most of us are accustomed to thinking of such aid as being a function of our responsibility to support our co-religionists in remote locations around the globe, not in our own hometowns. Yet, we need not look across...
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With each passing September, does the meaning of 9/11 diminish for Americans? That's the question many of us may be asking as the seventh anniversary of that terrible day is noted. In the intervening years, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have numbed many of us to the reality of the terrorist threat, while others have simply preferred to...
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