Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

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If you need further proof that making movies is an insane process -- and that it's a miracle that anything sensible gets up on the screen these days -- then find a copy of August's Vanity Fair, which has a story by Patricia Bosworth, the biographer of famed photographer Diane Arbus, about what Hollywood has made out of the book...
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Time to take the 5767 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
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Did you enjoy 5766? For Jews around the world, it was the usual assortment of bad -- and even worse -- news. It was a year of war and suffering in Israel. Hamas won an election, and low-level warfare in Gaza was followed by large-scale war in the north with Hezbollah. Elsewhere, the bloody stalemate in Iraq continued, as did...
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Our First Obligation It is an intrinsic element of Judaism to approach the beginning of a New Year with introspection. During the Days of Awe, we look at ourselves and ponder what we did in the course of the past year. It's just as necessary to perform the same act of self-examination as a community. In conducting our communal cheshbon...
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Support for Israel: It's Beyond Bipartisan The Republican Jewish Coalition's ad in the Jewish Exponent (and I am sure other similar newspapers) represents the typical selective and manipulative information provided by the Republican Party. Yes, President Jimmy Carter was not a friend of Israel. Neither was the elder George Bush, a Republican whose ties with Saudi Arabia far outweighed his...
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I don't think, in recent times at least, there's been a more vilified intellectual figure -- at least in certain circles -- than Leo Strauss. And especially, so long-deceased an intellectual figure. A German-Jewish émigré, Strauss, who died 33 years ago, taught philosophy for the most part for several decades at the University of Chicago. Few outside of some rarefied...
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