Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

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One of the cover stories in the Exponent this month dealt with how Chanukah merchandising has exploded and how all of the December holidays - and not just Christmas - have been recognized, especially by those businesses that create holiday cards, food baskets, seasonal decorations and wrapping materials. It was just a matter of time before magazines caught up with...
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Barry Rubin
Palestinian politics is just starting to get interesting. Yet much of the world seems to be oblivious - at least in terms of actual policy - to the monumental changes taking place. Every day I read articles that explain in lofty terms how Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the moderates must be helped; how he needs to be encouraged to...
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Rafael Medoff
As public debate grows over the Bush administration's eavesdropping policy, some American Jews are recalling a time when the Roosevelt administration undertook some questionable eavesdropping of its own - and Jewish activists, including some in Philadelphia, were the targets. The year was 1944, and the object of U.S. government wrath was the Bergson group, a political action committee led by...
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Red Cross Cave-In: Who Says It’s Really a Win? The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that Israel finally won recognition and was accepted into the Red Cross: “Jewish groups welcomed adoption of the red diamond, and hoped that the development would lead to the MDA full membership in the international organization” (Israel & Mideast: “A Diamond Is a Jew’s Best Friend?”...
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Unintelligent Debate In the midst of the December "war on Christmas" mania, last week's decision by a federal district judge to strike down the inclusion of "intelligent design" in a Pennsylvania science curriculum gave new impetus to the debate over separation of church and state. The ruling was a stern rebuke to those who sought to place the theory that...
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