Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

An unpopular war doesn't dim the patriotism or the courage of our armed forces
After Israel's War of Independence, Hebrew poet Nathan Alterman famously memorialized those who fell in that struggle in his poem "Magash Hakesef" -- "The Silver Platter." The reference was to a statement by the country's first president that no one was going to hand the Jews a state "on a silver platter." In other words, it would have to be...
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Assigning blame for Annapolis summit's probable failure presents clear danger
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Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, was famous for saying that it was more important what the Jews did than what the non-Jewish world said about what they were doing. There was, and still is, a great deal of truth to that proposition. When it comes to matters of self-defense and building your own home, there are times when true...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
I have an old friend, Jonathan, who one day announced that he was ready for true love. He'd been through several girlfriends and a brief marriage, but now, he was looking for someone to fill -- as he put it -- a "tenure-track position." My friend is very smart but decidedly alternative. At age 60, he lives in a group...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Former prisoner of Zion and Israeli Cabinet member Natan Sharansky writes in The Wall Street Journal ( www.opinionjournal.com ) on Oct. 2 that a judge in France has a chance to hold the media accountable: "Last month, a French court heard an appeals case whose forthcoming verdict will have far-reaching ramifications for all who value truth and accuracy in Middle...
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Heeb magazine has never been shy, especially about tooting its own horn, and a recent press release is typical. Under the headline, "Jewish Culture Mag Launches HEEB100.COM , Publishes 'The Chosen Issue,' " we were told that the "self-proclaimed voice of young Jewish America" was proud to announce the launch of the Web site, "an online gallery of 100 of...
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