Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

By:
Evelyn Gordon
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is not purposely trying to destroy all of Israel's hard-won security gains of the last five years. But if she were, she could hardly have improved on her new benchmark proposal for Israelis and Palestinians. The proposal comprises two parallel sets of "benchmarks": steps (mainly Israeli) to increase Palestinian freedom of movement, and steps (mainly...
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By:
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
After the great miracles of the Exodus, the splitting of the Red Sea and all of the major events that the Jewish people experienced before arriving at Mount Sinai came the giving of the Torah. What was the purpose of the sublime revelation itself? The actual contents of the Ten Commandments -- for instance, belief in God, honoring one's parents...
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The uncovering of a plot to attack American soldiers at Ft. Dix, N.J. last week made headlines across the country. But now that the sensationalism associated with any story of this magnitude has subsided, it is time to substitute sober analysis for hyperbole and draw some conclusions about the event. The first is that those who seek to downplay the...
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Jewish Groups Should Steer Clear of Abortion The cover story about the abortion debate ("Groups Rev Up to Fight Over Ruling on Late-Term Abortion," April 26) perplexed me. I don't understand why a Jewish organization like the Anti-Defamation League feels the need to take a stand on the issue. Is abortion uniquely Jewish? There are plenty of other organizations --...
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By:
Stu Goldman
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