Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
Publish or Perish
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The New York Times took lots of column inches several weeks ago to note that there's been a decline in test scores among students and that it's been linked to a drop in the amount of time young people spend reading. No real news there. But what was fascinating about the announcement was that, at the moment it was being...
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Intelligence estimate leaves Bush nuke policies in ruins and Jerusalem isolated
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After years of trying to build awareness of the threat from Iran, the release this week of a new National Intelligence Estimate claiming that it has no current nuclear-weapons program has sunk the campaign to keep that Islamist republic in quarantine. That is not the spin coming out of the administration or from many of its supporters. Instead, some of...
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Naomi Chazan
The Annapolis conference held last week in Maryland coincided with the 60th anniversary of the ratification of the U.N. Partition Plan. The principle of two states for two peoples laid down then is -- despite the time that has elapsed, the changes that have occurred in the interim, the missed opportunities and the continuation of violent conflict -- as valid...
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Bernard Harrison
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, during his recent visit to Washington, stated in widely reported remarks that the resurgence of anti-Semitic propaganda and associated violence around the world should not be minimized or explained away, but attacked head-on. Sarkozy recalled being aghast to hear a Gaullist minister dismissing recent anti-Semitic violence in France with the throwaway line, "Yes, there are synagogues...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
It's our first childless Chanukah in 22 years. Our older daughter has settled in Boston, living in an apartment with three other roommates who will light menorahs of their own. Our younger daughter, a college freshman, will no doubt have many candle-igniting options between Hillel, Chabad and dorm-room gatherings. It seems a bit odd to contemplate Chanukah with just adults...
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