Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Keep the Peace! Public opinion in a democracy is a volatile commodity. That's what opponents of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to disengage from Gaza and dismantle Jewish settlements are learning in the wake of some bad decisions by protesters. The spectacle of extremists blocking traffic or even seeking to disable vehicles undermined the sympathy of Israelis for the settlers'...
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Melody Amsel-Arieli
I often stroll through Jerusalem's Zion Square, enjoying the fascinating mix of locals and tourists who window shop and linger at the ice-cream parlors. Last week, however, I stumbled into a Jewish version of Dante's Inferno - Jerusalem's Annual Gay Parade. This colorful event, organized by the Jerusalem Open House, coaxed not only local homosexuals and lesbians, but also smatterings...
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Theodore R. Mann
There were three opinions in the Kentucky Ten Commandment case and six in the Texas case that were decided last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the opinions of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in the Kentucky case and Justice Stephen Breyer in the Texas case were the most interesting and consequential. For both justices, the violence in today's world...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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The Young & the Marching As Victor Newman, Eric Braden has been on “The Young and the Restless” for 25 years (well, maybe not so young anymore). But TLW gives him the distinction of actually being the bold and the beautiful. How else to describe the heartfelt move the gentile German native made by taking part in the recent March...
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Sometimes, you just have to marvel at the American legal system. It's far from perfect, but the ability of American jurisprudence to closely follow the election and polls results is something that citizens of other countries must marvel at. Take, for example, the dueling decisions issued last week by the U.S. Supreme Court about the display of the Ten Commandments...
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