Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775

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Those of us concerned about how books get published and how reputations are molded were offered more than a glimpse into such literary machinations in the Aug. 22 New York magazine, which ran an article titled "Don't Hate Him Because He's Good-Looking, Privileged, Impeccably Connected and About to Publish His Second Novel." The "him" they were referring to was Nick...
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Natan Sharansky
The looming civil war, which Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon prophesied from the pages of The New York Times, did not materialize. It did not because a civil war requires two opposing camps fighting each other, hating each other, and most importantly, convinced that their survival depends on the annihilation of each other. Over the past two months, I spent...
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Gerald M. Steinberg
In addition to the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States, four years have also passed since Durban, South Africa — the U.N.-sponsored World Conference on Racism — took place in September 2001. And just as Osama bin Laden’s ideology was the foundation for Al Qaeda, in a sense, Durban provided the political foundation for a Palestinian onslaught already...
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Caught in the Backlash of the Storm
Military historians speak of the "fog of war" that clouds the decisions of commanders in the midst of battle. In the wake of the catastrophic storm that devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, we may well speak of a "fog of bureaucracy" that obscures the ability of governments to take action when needed. While most of the...
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What would happen if mosques were burned - and other silly questions
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Several years ago before I came to Philadelphia, I accompanied the former governor of Connecticut on his first trip to Israel. In my journalistic capacity, I tagged along as John Rowland, then considered an up-and-coming star of the Republican Party, was schlepped around Jerusalem on a whirlwind tour conducted by guides from Israel's foreign ministry. But as we were winding...
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