Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

As we go to press this week, the votes cast in Israel's parliamentary election are still being tabulated. Though the exact outcome is unknown, the outline of a new centrist consensus built around the ideas of stricken Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was a consistent theme in opinion polls taken throughout the campaign. If those polls are correct, that will mean...
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Who Gets It? The Professorial Duo or the Boston Cab Driver? - See more at: file:///Volumes/Editorial Copy/Content from Pliner Website/jewishexponent.com/article/2891/What_They_Are_Saying/index.html#sthash.eev5r1EE.dpuf
Harvard professor of Yiddish literature Ruth R. Wisse writes in The Wall Street Journal (www. opinionjournal.com) on March 22 concerning the myths about the "Israel lobby:" "In Boston in the early 1980s, I was asked by an Irish cab driver what language I had been speaking with a fellow passenger we had just dropped off. When I told him Hebrew,...
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I've often mentioned the piles of magazines that fill my study, and how, on weeks when Jewish news is slow - which, I admit is rare - I tend to rifle through these publications and find something of interest to write about in this space. What I haven't discussed is the mass of magazines on our third floor, which I...
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The chasm between mainstream academia and main street America grows -
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The cliché about academic politics is that it is so bitter because the stakes are so meaningless. That old saw remains true as far as the rivalries that afflict the competition for advancement at any college or university. But the impact of America's tenured radicals on our nation's politics is not quite so trivial. Hence the firestorm that rained down...
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Agency Works Hard to Aid Needy Palestinians Jonathan Tobin appears content to regurgitate hackneyed allegations that have been proven wrong many times over (A Matter of Opinion: "Pull the Plug on UNRWA," March 16). Countries funding UNRWA rightly scrutinize its expenditure very closely, and external reviews and audits take place continuously, including by the U.S. General Accounting Office. Far from...
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