Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

Payoff for 'Lobby' conspiracy theorists would be Jewish silence on Iran threat
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The controversy over two leading academics who published a scurrilous essay claiming that Israel and its American "Lobby" control American foreign policy is, mercifully, starting to die down. The pair, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt, academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, have been roundly criticized by figures spanning the political spectrum for pawning...
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Don't let non-Exodus theme Seders overshadow the original story
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Are the four most unpopular words of the seder in North America the last four? The concluding refrain of the Haggadah is a rousing messianic pledge “Next Year in Jerusalem!” Yet I wonder how many American Jews are actually saying, let alone singing, this messianic pledge nowadays? According to surveys of American Jewish life, a Passover seder is the most...
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The chasm between mainstream academia and main street America grows -
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The cliché about academic politics is that it is so bitter because the stakes are so meaningless. That old saw remains true as far as the rivalries that afflict the competition for advancement at any college or university. But the impact of America's tenured radicals on our nation's politics is not quite so trivial. Hence the firestorm that rained down...
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Six years ago, riding the quest of the expansion of Jewish day-school enrollment around the country, the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School opened a branch in Bucks county. With the general population of the once pastoral county swelled by those leaving Philadelphia and the inner ring of suburbs, Bucks was growing. Pastures were rapidly being turned into home...
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Every now and then, a passion to reform the way Congress does business sweeps the land. Fueling this is usually a particular scandal and hunger on the part of the opposition party to embarrass the corruption of the majority. It's been 12 years since the Savonarolas of the House Republican caucus roasted the Democratic leadership over their peccadillos (does anyone...
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