Saturday, February 28, 2015 AdarI 9, 5775

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Stephen Rosenberg
The count of the "Jewish" year used throughout the world is 5767. Why? It is assumed that this is Anno Mundi,the years of the world from Creation, or at least from the birth of Adam. The count is based mainly on Seder Olam Rabba, a treatise ascribed to Rabbi Jose ben Halafta of the second-century C.E. It is mentioned in...
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By:
Gary Tobin
Roland Stanton's recent $100 million gift to Yeshiva University is the largest ever to a U.S. Jewish institution. Yet as Stanton himself admitted, "There are plenty of people who could do it." Research shows that he's right: Dozens of Jewish philanthropists are capable of equaling Stanton's offer. So why don't they? It's not that wealthy Jews have no reputation for...
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Media Clippings
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Two fairly remarkable pieces of journalism appeared recently in back-to-back issues of The New York Times Magazine, remarkable because of the things that were written in both -- certain words and phrases that I would never have expected to see in the Times in any form. The first of these was a lengthy piece by French writer Bernard Henri-Levy, titled...
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Media Watch
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
As Anthony Lewis, columnist for The New York Times , penned in 1989, "Journalism's high purpose is not to get close to power, but to speak truth to power." A search of Times archives back to 1981 of "truth to power" produced 90 "hits," most dealing with journalists and public figures who spoke out in one way or another against...
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Rabbi Avi Weiss
Throughout America this Rosh Hashanah, hundreds of synagogues will be displaying signs on behalf of the Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped this past summer by terrorists. Above the pictures of Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Schalit will be the words, "As we hear the sound of the shofar, let us think of three who can't." It's an appropriate message...
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