Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

Don't let non-Exodus theme Seders overshadow the original story
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Are the four most unpopular words of the seder in North America the last four? The concluding refrain of the Haggadah is a rousing messianic pledge “Next Year in Jerusalem!” Yet I wonder how many American Jews are actually saying, let alone singing, this messianic pledge nowadays? According to surveys of American Jewish life, a Passover seder is the most...
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Morton Klein
After the recent Israeli elections, many commentators, including editorialists in The New York Times and The Washington Post and even the Jewish Exponent, have taken the outcome to mean that the Israeli electorate endorses further unilateral withdrawals. But that's not true. There was a close finish between the left of center pro-withdrawal parties and the right of center anti-withdrawal parties,...
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Stu Goldman
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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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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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