Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

Religious rationales for policy positions ring hollow on both sides of the spectrum
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Though it seems as if the last national election ended the day before yesterday, the next grand tilt between our two major parties is once again upon us. The 2006 congressional elections are still 11 months away, but the Republican and Democratic war drums are beating loud and clear. As is the custom in our fair republic, both parties are...
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Tepid response to Spielberg film raises some 'Passionate' questions
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Whenever questions are raised about the accuracy or the truth of something portrayed in a film, the movie-makers and/or their public-relations representatives have a ready-made response. "It's just a movie," they say. The exchange invariably concludes with the film's people advising critics to "Lighten up. Nobody expects movies to be historically accurate or true." That answer has a lot of...
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Excerpts from international writers with commentary on issues relating to the Middle East, Israel and world Jewry: Roots of Denial Run Deep in Iran Columnist Jeff Jacoby writes in The Boston Globe ( www.boston.com ) on Dec. 18 about the extent of Holocaust denial in Iran: "Once again, the president of Iran repeated his foul lie. "On Dec. 14, in...
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One of the cover stories in the Exponent this month dealt with how Chanukah merchandising has exploded and how all of the December holidays - and not just Christmas - have been recognized, especially by those businesses that create holiday cards, food baskets, seasonal decorations and wrapping materials. It was just a matter of time before magazines caught up with...
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Barry Rubin
Palestinian politics is just starting to get interesting. Yet much of the world seems to be oblivious - at least in terms of actual policy - to the monumental changes taking place. Every day I read articles that explain in lofty terms how Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the moderates must be helped; how he needs to be encouraged to...
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