Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Nisan 11, 5775
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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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
Skepticism, of Course, but a Real Dose of Optimism Came Out of Annapolis Columnist David Ignatius writes in The Washington Post ( www.washingtonpost.com ) on Nov. 28 that the positive fallout from the Annapolis, Md., peace summit has already begun: "After watching President Bush earnestly deliver his benediction to the Annapolis peace conference, a caustic English friend likened the scene...
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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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Saul Singer
Why is Israel obsessed with recognition? The Arab world is a largely dysfunctional collection of dictatorships, while Israel has become an island of freedom and a military and economic powerhouse. Is this the group of countries a democracy should go to for endorsement? The whole recognition conundrum can seem like a terrible joke. The Palestinians have repeatedly recognized Israel's right...
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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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