Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775
Film reminds us that combining religion and politics can make a righteous cause
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To listen to some who claim to speak for American Jews, the greatest danger facing our republic is the rise of a religiously based conservatism that threatens to overturn the separation of church and state. This has been a familiar argument for the last two decades as most liberal Jews -- that is to say, most Jews -- viewed an...
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Douglas Bloomfield
Ronald Reagan, in his 1980 presidential campaign, famously asked the question that sucked the wind out of Jimmy Carter's re-election sails: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" It's a question that Israelis could be asking as we approach the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq this month. The Bush administration liked to stress...
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Elliot Jager
I used to be an avid Soviet watcher, but with the empire's collapse in December 1991 and the vanishing of the Soviet Jewry issue, I frankly lost interest. Absent the winner-take-all rivalry between liberty and tyranny, the travails of Russia didn't much interest me. But what belatedly captured my attention was Russian President Vladimir Putin's in-your-face Feb. 10 speech at...
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Media Clippings
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I recall thinking, shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks occurred -- and especially once The New York Times began printing, day after day, those small, heartbreaking biographies of the victims who'd perished in the twin towers -- that this heartache would never end, not ever for the survivors, and perhaps not for the country as a whole. But the majority...
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Steven M. Cohen
Not many years ago, it was taken as axiomatic that intermarriage constitutes a significant threat to Jewish continuity. For individual families, we understood that more often than not, the children of the intermarried would be raised as non-Jews. And since intermarrying Jews have fewer children -- and because most of their children won't identify as Jews -- intermarriage implied fewer...
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