Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775

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Jeff Ballabon
The justification for the modern State of Israel is Jewish history -- both glorious and grim -- and there has long been a compact between the Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. Israeli Jews were on the front lines, and Diaspora Jewry was a vital source of economic and political strength. The Jews of Israel bore the lion's share of...
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By:
Calev Ben-David
Jerusalem's Jewish population has reportedly declined over the past half-century, with some 300,000 Jewish residents leaving, in contrast to slightly more than 100,000 who have arrived. But that's if you only count the living. Many of these are newcomers to the city -- Diaspora Jews who lived their long lives abroad, but have chosen to follow a long-standing Jewish custom...
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Last week's release of a new National Intelligence Estimate about Iran's nuclear-weapons research had the effect of a bomb exploding in official circles in Washington, D.C. Given the fact that much of the foreign policy of the Bush administration was based on a belief in the reality of an Iranian effort to gain nuclear capability, the report's claim that Tehran...
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32 Years Later, Kirov Evokes Different Reaction On Dec. 1, we attended the Kirov Orchestra performance at the Kimmel Center. As we listened, we could not help but recall other cold nights, picketing outside the Academy of Music when the Kirov performed, protesting the actions of the Soviets toward their Jewish citizens (Nation & World: "Soviet Jewry Campaign Transformed an...
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Kindling an Idea
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Jeff Bezos, of Amazon fame, recently unveiled his effort at cornering the e-book market; this time out it's called the Kindle. Its nationwide presentation was executed with lots of pomp and circumstance, even while, almost simultaneously, there was talk of a decline in reading, especially among the young, who more than likely comprise the device's target audience. But none of...
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