Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

In a free country, the public square is and ought to be a marketplace for the competition of ideas. It is inevitable that religion is part of that debate. The question is what is appropriate behavior for those who seek to share their faith with others? Into that gray area the so-called "Jews for Jesus" group has marched, setting off...
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Historian and Shalem Center fellow Michael Oren writes in The Wall Street Journal ( www.opinionjournal.com ) on Aug. 23 that Israeli army duty in Gaza left him pained but proud: "My feelings were, at best, ambivalent. I wanted to end Israel's occupation of Gaza's 1.4 million Palestinians and preserve Israel's Jewish majority, but feared abetting the terrorists' claim that Israel...
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By every published account, this continues to be a strenuous period for magazines and print media. And yet, you couldn't tell that by all the new magazines that have made appearances during the summer months. I wrote about Radar several weeks ago, which just published its second issue and seems bent on reviving the cheekiness of Spy. Now comes Weekend...
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Several months ago, Corby Kummer, an editor at The Atlantic, outed himself, Jewishly speaking - at least to me. I'd been reading him for years in the magazine, and had assumed from his name that he was of patrician stock. But in a piece titled "Kosher Conversion," he mentioned that during his childhood, his family had tagged meat-related items with...
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After the Storm As traumatic as the withdrawal from Gaza may have been for those involved, all who care about Israel can heave a sigh of relief this week that our worst nightmares were not realized. Yes, the scenes of families being forced out of their homes were heartbreaking. So, too, was the dilemma of Israeli soldiers and police who...
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