Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

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So much has been written about the film director Orson Welles that you can convince yourself fairly easily that there's nothing new to say about him. And yet, when a great writer or critic tackles any topic, no matter how daunting or shopworn, he or she can often find some new wrinkle to investigate. Such was the case with a...
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Phyllis Snyder
The Supreme Court has made it clear that ideology trumps health in the nation's highest court. On April 18, the Supreme Court made it clear that respect for legal precedent is dead. Clear that Roe v. Wade's protections are no longer immutable. Clear that it doesn't mind letting its own self-described "moral concerns" trump constitutional protections. Clear that the religious...
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Rabbi Avi Shafran
The U.S. Supreme Court's upholding of the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act has elicited the usual cries of protest from abortion-rights advocates and, also as usual, they include an assortment of Jewish groups and The New York Times. That latter institution characterized the term "partial-birth abortion" itself as a "provocative label" for the presumably more descriptive "intact dilation and...
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In the wake of the release of the Winograd Committee's report on the conduct of the Second Lebanon War (as it is now officially called) last summer, Israelis are weighing the consequences of their government's failures, and pondering whether or not Prime Minister Ehud Olmert can now remain in office. We will leave judgment on that question to the Israeli...
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Author Says Book Questions Authenticity In his letter, Micah Sachs criticizes my book Dear Rabbi, Why Can't I Marry Her? and its review by Robert Leiter ("Biased, Offensive Books Don't Deserve Praise," April 19). I take issue with the accusations stating that praise for my book implies "denigrating sincere converts," "dignifying intolerance" and "supporting attitudes that diminish the community." Apparently,...
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