Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

Shock and Awe
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The most fascinating aspect of the piece was its sense of alarm -- even shock. There was even something faintly "stop the presses" about the combination of headline and lead paragraph. The venue was the Arts section of The New York Times on Nov. 19. Along the top of the front page ran the headline: "Study Links Drop in Test...
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Distorting the meaning of this festival isn't a harmless holiday exercise
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The holiday hijackers are at it again! First, Passover was transformed from an inspiring commemoration of the birth of the Jewish nation during the Exodus from Egypt into a catch-all festival that celebrates the rights of every afflicted minority and fashionable cause imaginable. Now, it's Chanukah's turn. This year, more groups are again seeking to use the old festival of...
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The final sessions of this week's peace summit in Annapolis hadn't even been held by the time this week's newspaper went to press. But a preliminary reading of the event shows that with American prodding, both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority seem to be heading back to the negotiating table. Whether it's an earnest effort remains to be...
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As November gives way to December, Chanukah arrives in our homes -- an early one, at that. The fact that the Festival of Lights does not coincide with Christmas this year may cause consternation in some parts, and not only among retailers. Too many Jews worry about competing with the pervasive "spirit" of our neighbors' holiday season, leading, as usual,...
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Activists Worked for 20 Years to Change History Jonathan Tobin's column regarding the romanticism of the Soviet Jewry movement made some interesting points (A Matter of Opinion: "Recalling Our Greatest Triumph," Nov. 21). However, I think he did a disservice to many of us who worked for Soviet Jewry and were not part of the Jewish Defense League. I also...
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