Friday, May 29, 2015 Sivan 11, 5775
Anchors and Editors Eye Annapolis Conference
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
A date hasn't even been set for the proposed Annapolis Peace Conference, but media pundits, editors and self-styled diplomatic experts are springing into action like offsides rookie linemen, unable to wait for the snap of the ball because they yearn so badly to be the first to pile on. In a July 23 editorial, "What Would a Diplomat Do?" The...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
It's early evening, and I'm taking a walk with a newly minted college graduate. With a daughter the same age, we seem to know plenty of young people who've just been sprung, B.A.s in hand, out into the wide world. My companion walks purposefully beside me, finally getting to the question that is at the heart of our stroll. "So,"...
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Who cares about a South African cleric's false charges? Maybe we all should!
Later this month, representatives of Israel's government are slated to attend a new peace summit at Annapolis, Md., sponsored by the Bush administration. Desperate not to be seen as obstructing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's goal of creating a Palestinian state before her boss's term expires in January 2009, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has enthusiastically endorsed the conference. Given the...
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By:
Edward Newman
The rabbinical head of the British reform movement, Rabbi Tony Bayfield, wrote in Ha'aretz that reform/liberal Jews can "bridge the abyss," and join forces with secular Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. The partnership, he said recently, should be "one forged outside the synagogue and rooted in the ancient Jewish perception that we worship God (believers, nonbelievers and agnostics alike)...
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Reader's Lament
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Most people who still read magazines and newspapers love articles that feature surveys -- and the more outrageous the question, the better. The Webzines have exploited this sure-fire technique of the old journalism, and a most entertaining example appeared last week on Slate. Five years ago, the editors asked critics to discuss their "greatest literary omissions" -- "the most important...
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