Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775

Blame the Unafilliated, Who Chose Not to Belong! It was with considerable chagrin that I read your article on the closing of 50-year-old Congregation Beth Chaim and its merger with Congregation Shaare-Shamayim, particularly since I experienced the merger firsthand as a member of the Beth Chaim merger committee (Cover Story: "One Door Closes, Another Opens Up," Jan. 19). However, the...
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The victory of Hamas in the recent Palestinian legislative elections rendered a clear verdict on the future of the peace process. While Fatah could never quite bring itself to accept peace with Israel or completely renounce terrorism, it had agreed to do so at least in principle. But the radical Islamists of Hamas split no such hairs. They believe in...
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In an Era of Holocaust 'Comedy,' It's Important to Confront the Haters Columnist Suzanne Fields writes in The Washington Times ( www.washingtontimes.com ) on Jan 26 that a United Nations commemoration of the Holocaust was long overdue but worth it: "The United Nations, which has not always been friendly to the Jews, marked the first universal observance of victims of...
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Reinventing History
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Ever since the investigative Web site, Smoking Gun, "outed" James Frey for embellishing his best-selling memoir A Million Little Pieces, every pundit and critic in the country, it seems, has seen fit to weigh in on the subject. I didn't think there could be any more to say until I read Michiko Kakutani's critic's notebook piece in the Jan. 17...
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Immigrant-bashing House bill shows xenophobia is always in fashion
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In the last few months, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been the scene of some high drama and low comedy as hearings on the confirmation of appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court were televised. Yet when another important issue comes before the same group this session, it's unlikely that the scrutiny of their long-winded perorations will be as great. That...
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