Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774
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Operative Word? Obligation! In the days since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the reaction from the rest of the country has been a mixture of shock, horror and anger at the level of devastation and the plight of many of the victims. But along with the inevitable recriminations about the effectiveness of the nation's response to...
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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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Columnist Max Boot writes in the Los Angeles Times ( www.latimes.com ) on Aug. 17 that the pullout from Gaza is worth the risk to Israel, if not the West: "For almost 40 years, the conceit has been growing around the world that Palestinian terrorism can be explained and even excused by Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza...
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