Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

Diaspora vision of Zionist icons ought to survive, despite changes and turmoil
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For Jewish youngsters of past generations, Israel has always provided two invigorating symbols for the future. One was that of the pioneering Jewish farmer, who had shaken off the dust of a debilitating Diaspora and returned to the land of our ancestors. The second was that of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces - tough Jews whose victories would...
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Hillel Halkin
Let's face it. With disengagement from Gaza nearly complete, the anti-disengagement forces have already won. That's not, of course, how it's being portrayed by the media. There, we see tearful settlers being evicted by tearful soldiers, who are also playing hide-and-seek with thousands of ideologically teenagers until the last of them is pulled from the bushes in time to go...
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Michael Freund
The destruction of Gaza Jewry has begun. It's hard to believe that we have reached such a point in the nation's history. After so many years of struggle and sacrifice, those once celebrated as pioneers by successive Israeli governments are now jeered at as they face expulsion from their homes. Yesterday's heroes have been transformed into villains, with Gaza's Jews...
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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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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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To Life, to Life — to Rosie! Who knew that Tevye’s Golde could be such a cutie-patootie? The producers of “Fiddler on the Roof” sure did, which may explain why they cast Rosie O’Donnell as the caring kvetch of a wife who is Tevye’s burden to handle in the Broadway revival of “Fiddler,” introducing her to the role Sept. 20...
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