Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

Judging by the headlines -- and indeed, the tenor -- of most of the coverage of the last week's stories on Middle East violence in the media, Americans might not be blamed for merely shrugging their shoulders, wondering why those foolish Israelis and Palestinians keep getting sucked into the same pointless cycle of violence again and again. For the most...
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Advertisements Do Not Belong on the Front Page The front page of the Feb. 21 issue of the Jewish Exponent carried three major news items: 1) Hezbollah's new threats, 2) The future for the Jews of Kosovo, and 3) The willingness of Govberg Jewelers to buy unwanted jewelry. Wait a moment! That last item was an advertisement. Given the amount...
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By:
Gary Tobin
A study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that Americans are switching religions more than ever. As many as one of every two adults does not practice the religion in which they were born or raised. Evangelical and nondenominational Protestantism are the big winners. Catholicism and mainline Protestants are the big losers. As an aging religious...
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Amnon Rubinstein
Shortly after I began teaching at Columbia University, I was taken aback to hear that the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been invited to speak on campus. There was hardly any time to organize a protest against the event. Despite this, three kipot-wearing students from Hillel worked day and night to distribute posters and pamphlets featuring a choice selection of...
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Just as atheism appeared to be becoming every intellectual's favorite plaything, U.S. News & World Report managed to discover that substantial numbers of people have been returning to more traditional rituals in their churches and synagogues. In a recent sizable cover story in the magazine, reporter Jay Tolson began by noting that the many worshippers who make their way to...
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