Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
The successful consideration of an applicant for tenure at Columbia University's Barnard College received a great deal of attention from outside of the world of scholarship. Why did anyone outside of that particular campus care about the career of Dr. Nadia Abu El-Haj, a Palestinian-American assistant professor of anthropology at Barnard? The reason for that is the storm around her...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Real Reasons for Mideast Conflict: What Are They -- and Why Scholar Bernard Lewis writes in The Wall Street Journal ( www.opinionjournal.com ) on Nov. 26 about whether the Arabs are really contemplating peace: "The first question (one might think it is obvious, but apparently not) is, 'What is the conflict about?' There are basically two possibilities: that it is...
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Shock and Awe
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The most fascinating aspect of the piece was its sense of alarm -- even shock. There was even something faintly "stop the presses" about the combination of headline and lead paragraph. The venue was the Arts section of The New York Times on Nov. 19. Along the top of the front page ran the headline: "Study Links Drop in Test...
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Distorting the meaning of this festival isn't a harmless holiday exercise
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The holiday hijackers are at it again! First, Passover was transformed from an inspiring commemoration of the birth of the Jewish nation during the Exodus from Egypt into a catch-all festival that celebrates the rights of every afflicted minority and fashionable cause imaginable. Now, it's Chanukah's turn. This year, more groups are again seeking to use the old festival of...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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The Preferred Scenario? An Angry Iran, Not a Nuclear One! Scholar Jonathan Spyer writes in Britain's The Guardian ( www.guardian.co.uk ) on Nov. 9 about the danger of a nuclear Iran: "The possible emergence of a nuclear-armed, Islamist Iran committed to the destruction of the Jewish state is the key security issue currently occupying the attention of Israel's political and...
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