Saturday, February 28, 2015 AdarI 9, 5775

By:
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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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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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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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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