Thursday, July 2, 2015 Tammuz 15, 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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'Brainwashing' Reference Offends Aish HaTorah What a shame that the article about Rabbi Noach Weinberg ("Aish HaTorah's Founder Viewed as a Visionary," Feb. 12) ended in such poor taste, suggesting that Aish HaTorah "brainwashed" people. My organization and I are shocked and offended that this comment was included in an article meant to pay tribute to him. Rabbi Weinberg's life...
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President Barack Obama is wading into risky waters as his administration mulls a U.S. role in a controversial U.N. conference on racism. The conference, slated to be held in Geneva in April, is a follow-up to the notorious 2001 conference in Durban, South Africa, that deteriorated into a virtual hate-fest of Israel and Jews. The Jewish -- and civilized --...
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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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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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