Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

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I look forward with anticipation to The American Jewish Archives Journal, which arrives every six months or so. There's always something interesting to read in its crisp, white, scholarly pages. The Archives Journal may be the least visible important Jewish publication in America, available only through subscription, I believe, and probably of interest only to those with an abiding love...
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Leonard Fein
When the bomb was thrown 22 years ago, many were aghast: Surely, it would lead to an irreparable schism in the Jewish people. Even within the Reform Jewish movement, from which the explosive decision known as "patrilineal descent" had emanated, there were cautionary voices. The Reform rabbinate in Israel was either ruggedly opposed or, at the least, very skeptical of...
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Jonathan Rosenblum
Jack Wertheimer has issued another one of his periodic jeremiads on the state of mainstream American Jewry in the October issue of Commentary magazine titled "Jews and the Jewish Birthrate." In recent years, Wertheimer has emerged as one of the most incisive analysts of American Jewry. Though he holds a high position within the establishment, he is unsparing in his...
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The overwhelming anti-Israel bias that has come to characterize Middle East studies at major American universities is no longer the dirty little secret of academia. After the publication of scholar Martin Kramer's ground-breaking 2001 book Ivory Towers in the Sand, the momentum has gradually built for Congress to take action to halt the use of federal money to subsidize programs...
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Reform Stand Ignores the Threat of Radical Islam As a Reform Jew, I’m deeply disappointed in the movement of which I am a part. By voting “overwhelmingly” to oppose the war in Iraq (Nation & World: “Reform Movement Takes Strong Stand Against Two Big Issues,” Nov. 23), the Union for Reform Judaism and my fellow Reform Jews have missed the...
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