Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Sharon's earthquake changes Israeli politics, but will it impact American Jews?
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To hard-core Israeli right-wingers, Ariel Sharon was always the guy who didn't know the words to "Shir Betar." That was the hymn composed by Zionist legend Ze'ev Jabotinsky; it was the anthem for the Betar youth movement that always served as the core of the nationalist camp the Likud Party always claimed to lead. For those who idolized Menachem Begin...
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Israel and the West: Any Similarities? Journalist Charles Moore writes in London’s Daily Telegraph ( www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk ) on Nov. 26 that Israel’s story is the story of the West: “If you had followed the British media, particularly the BBC, with average attention over the past 25 years, you would have concluded that [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon was an intransigent,...
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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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