Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

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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By:
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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The impact of the writer who chased the anti-Semites out of mainstream politics
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Jonathan S. Tobin
Was there any major American personality in the last half-century who seemed more remote from the sensibilities of most American Jews than William F. Buckley? Buckley, who passed away last week at the age of 83, was the fervent Catholic patrician whose work helped create the modern American conservative movement in the 1950s at a time when nothing could have...
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By:
Asaf Romirowsky
For the past three weeks, the Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania has been hosting a 100-photograph exhibit purporting to show "Israeli human-rights abuses in the Occupied Territories." The exhibit included a reception, gallery tours and speakers. Organized by an outfit called "Breaking the Silence," an Israel-based group that collects testimonies from soldiers who shared their "horrific experiences" while serving...
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