Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to be commended for her energy and effort, if nothing else, for her dogged determination to carry through with a three-way summit this week with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem. However, it remains to be seen what -- other than a futile attempt to mollify administration critics who continue to claim that Washington...
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The Closing of 'Inquirer' Foreign Bureau: Not Bad The Jewish Exponent assessed The Philadelphia Inquirer's impending closure of its Jerusalem bureau as "a mixed bag" for Israel's supporters (Editorial: "Bad News for News," Feb. 8). On the contrary, it's a wholly wholesome development for the Jewish and general communities in Philadelphia. The Exponent's concern that Associated Press articles "will replace...
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Rafael Medoff
Anne Frank's family tried to escape the Nazis by going to America, but they were turned away. This extraordinary new chapter in the teenager's tragic saga was made public on Feb. 14, when the YIVO Institute for Jewish Studies in New York City released 80 newly discovered documents from the correspondence of Anne's father, Otto Frank. They detail his efforts,...
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Edmund Case and Micah Sachs
Charles Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities begins with the famous opening line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title, but a different spirit. Ignoring positive evidence from Boston and elsewhere that more intermarried families are raising their children as Jews, Cohen's "A...
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The New York Times continues its ongoing project of enshrining American Communists as if they were some of this nation's most heroic citizens. The process nowadays tends to take place on the obituary pages since these aged radicals are fast reaching their 80s and 90s, and have begun dying off. Consistently, reporters indulge in a form of journalistic hagiography when...
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