Thursday, January 29, 2015 Shevat 9, 5775

As is the case with just about every policy dilemma facing the State of Israel, the best that can be said for the decision to accept a truce with Hamas is that it is the least-bad option currently available to a beleaguered government. The cease-fire along the border with Gaza will never be confused for anything that resembles real peace...
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Media Clippings Though you may never have heard of it, Shirim: A Jewish Poetry Journal has hit its 25th year and, appropriately, has put out a special issue to celebrate. Shirim appears semi-annually out of Long Beach, Calif., and is edited by Marc Dworkin. It has an informal look to it, with a distinct whiff of the countercultural ethic of...
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Samuel Freedman
As the Havdalah ritual serves to remind us, Judaism sanctifies separation. We separate holy days from ordinary days, Shabbat from the rest of the week, light from darkness, purity from impurity. There is one sort of division, however, that Judaism refuses to hallow. That is the disengagement of cause and effect. If anything, our holy texts, prophetic injunctions, historical memory...
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David Twersky
What does Scott McClellan's tell-all book on his years at the White House have in common with Jimmy Carter's comment on the number of Israeli nukes and congressional hearings on War Powers? They all, intentionally or inadvertently, have the effect of weakening those who advocate a potential end-of-term strike by American planes and missiles against Iranian nuclear and military targets...
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Orthodox Also Call Shoah Punishment for Sins I'm the son of Holocaust survivors. All my life I have heard the proposition, "the Holocaust was God's punishment of the Jews for their sins," as expounded by Orthodox rabbis. I was always revolted by this notion. I've now come to realize that as a theological concept, it has internal consistency, as Jonathan...
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