Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

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Leonard Fein
"All the wellsprings of the great deep burst and the casements of the heavens were opened" (Genesis: 7:11). But in New Orleans, the order was reversed: First, it was the casements of the heavens that were opened, and only then did the wellsprings of the great deep burst. "A flood of biblical proportions," many people called the surging waters of...
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Arresting Developments It’s time for Martha! (And TLW is not talking about the “doing time” variety.) With her two shows set to premiere in the next two weeks — the syndicated “Martha,” Sept. 12; and NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” Sept. 21 — TLW got a chance to hear the merry miscreant the other day. (Not asked: Whether she ever...
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Saul Singer
Greater Israel is dead; long live Greater Israel, says The New York Times. Let me explain. In a "news analysis" on Aug. 16 headlined, "Dream of 'greater Israel' lured too few," veteran Times reporter Ethan Bronner explains that the settlement movement's "cherished goal - the resettlement of the full biblical land of Israel by contemporary Jews - is not to...
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Naomi Chazan
Disengagement is a fact. It may herald the beginning of a new chapter in Israel's history or it may serve to further intensify the ideological polarization and social fragmentation that it has magnified in recent months. This period of transition is critical: The patterns that emerge at this juncture will dictate the parameters of Israeli life for some time to...
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