Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

Media circus around Iranian shouldn't obscure the high-stakes debate on nukes
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The biggest show on Broadway this week wasn't any of the plays or musicals packing in the tourists in a midtown theater. Rather than "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Spamalot" or the revival of "A Chorus Line," the hottest ticket was to the traveling show starring the man whom The New York Post dubbed a "pint-sized Persian" -- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of...
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The veneration of powerlessness is not a legitimate or a useful Jewish value
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Part of the standard liturgy of Jewish prayer is the pronouncement that "we were exiled for our sins." The victories of the Babylonians and the Romans were not ascribed to the imperialist aggression of those predatory powers. Nor did our tradition assign blame for those defeats to the weakness of the Jewish forces, or even to the stupidity of both...
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Time to take the 5768 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
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Did you enjoy 5767? For Jews around the world, it was the usual assortment of bad -- and even worse -- news. Of course, not everything was awful. It was a year of recovery in Israel, as the aftermath of last year's less than successful second Lebanon War was followed by recriminations and political stalemate. But the push for a...
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Hebrew charter is the latest attempt to avoid the need to fund day schools
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On its face, it is the quintessential story of the success of American Jewish life: a public school where the teaching of Hebrew will be at the center of its core curriculum. But behind this facade, the founding of the Ben Gamla School in Broward County, Fla., has generated controversy and criticism. As reported in a recent dispatch by the...
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Talk is cheap, but a diplomatic kashering of Syria and Iran could prove expensive
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A few weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a bipartisan congressional delegation to the Middle East, including Israel. But the aspect of her trip that got the most attention was a visit to Damascus, which included a photo-op and talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad. The reaction from the White House and many conservative pundits was...
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