Saturday, May 30, 2015 Sivan 12, 5775

Our First Obligation It is an intrinsic element of Judaism to approach the beginning of a New Year with introspection. During the Days of Awe, we look at ourselves and ponder what we did in the course of the past year. It's just as necessary to perform the same act of self-examination as a community. In conducting our communal cheshbon...
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Time to take the 5767 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
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Did you enjoy 5766? For Jews around the world, it was the usual assortment of bad -- and even worse -- news. It was a year of war and suffering in Israel. Hamas won an election, and low-level warfare in Gaza was followed by large-scale war in the north with Hezbollah. Elsewhere, the bloody stalemate in Iraq continued, as did...
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Media Clippings
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If you need further proof that making movies is an insane process -- and that it's a miracle that anything sensible gets up on the screen these days -- then find a copy of August's Vanity Fair, which has a story by Patricia Bosworth, the biographer of famed photographer Diane Arbus, about what Hollywood has made out of the book...
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Post-9-11 recriminations should lead
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This past week, many in the chattering classes devoted their energy to the controversy about ABC's television film "The Path to 9/11." Partisanship seems to dominate virtually every discussion these days. So it was no surprise that, just as Republicans have sought to minimize the lack of attention paid to the terror threat by the Bush administration, so, too, have...
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Elliot Jager
The Sept. 3 headline in Israel's mass-circulation Yediot Aharonot caught my eye: "800 prisoners to be released in exchange for Gilad Shalit." Shalit was taken captive, and two Israel Defense Force soldiers were killed, during a daring Hamas attack launched via a tunnel into Israel from Gaza on June 25. While the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denies it,...
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