Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

The spectacle called the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations has always made for great theater. Publicity-hungry world leaders flock to the media capital of the world like moths to a flame. But last week's version of the annual rite of fall fell far below even the usually low standards of behavior that is expected there...
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There is an expression that states that you really can't be a good Jew on a desert island. There is truth in this phrase, even if it's a bit unfair to castaways. The point is, being a Jew means being part of a community. For too many of us in this "bowling alone" world of isolation -- living in developments...
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Stu Goldman
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Jewish roots of leaders less important than the divide at the heart of the GOP
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The late liberal activist Allard Lowenstein was fond of recalling the time that he bucked a boycott of French President Georges Pompidou's address to a joint session of Congress in March 1970. Before his murder in 1980 at the hands of a former aide, I heard Lowenstein speak of the incident when pro-Israel members of Congress stayed away from Pompidou's...
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Arnold M. Eisen
The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my Bar Mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Teshuvah -- the "Sabbath of Repentance" -- that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: What did it mean that God called Jews and the world to "repent" or "return"...
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