Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Shevat 7, 5775

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The New York Times took lots of column inches several weeks ago to note that there's been a decline in test scores among students and that it's been linked to a drop in the amount of time young people spend reading. No real news there. But what was fascinating about the announcement was that, at the moment it was being...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
Skepticism, of Course, but a Real Dose of Optimism Came Out of Annapolis Columnist David Ignatius writes in The Washington Post ( www.washingtonpost.com ) on Nov. 28 that the positive fallout from the Annapolis, Md., peace summit has already begun: "After watching President Bush earnestly deliver his benediction to the Annapolis peace conference, a caustic English friend likened the scene...
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
The successful consideration of an applicant for tenure at Columbia University's Barnard College received a great deal of attention from outside of the world of scholarship. Why did anyone outside of that particular campus care about the career of Dr. Nadia Abu El-Haj, a Palestinian-American assistant professor of anthropology at Barnard? The reason for that is the storm around her...
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Saul Singer
Why is Israel obsessed with recognition? The Arab world is a largely dysfunctional collection of dictatorships, while Israel has become an island of freedom and a military and economic powerhouse. Is this the group of countries a democracy should go to for endorsement? The whole recognition conundrum can seem like a terrible joke. The Palestinians have repeatedly recognized Israel's right...
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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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