Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Kislev 7, 5777
A traditional Jewish refrain is to wish someone a long life by hoping that they live to 120, as did the prophet and teacher Moses. But this year, the Jewish Exponent is proving that not only is it possible to reach that august figure, but that the number, in fact, is just a beginning. Exactly one month from today --...
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Stu Goldman
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There is probably no sillier cultural institution in the world than the annual Eurovision song contest. Though little known in the United States, this made-for-TV competition pits vocal representatives of various European, African and Asian countries in an "American Idol" style sing-off, in which pop kitsch and banality trump any musical value. Yet, however poor the quality of its winners,...
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The transition of Israel's economy from socialist incompetence to a modern, high-tech engine of wealth is one of the most positive stories coming out of the Jewish state in the last decade. But, as is the case with many good things, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that an Israeli consensus in favor of free-market...
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The wisdom of the Jewish calendar lies in its cycles of rejoicing and reflection. It wisely bridges the gap between the frightening narrative of sorrow and near destruction that animates so much of the Jewish past with the impulse to kick loose and enjoy ourselves. Hence, the absolute necessity for Purim. On Purim, we do not merely remember a narrow...
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