Sunday, March 1, 2015 AdarI 10, 5775
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Andrew Silow-Carroll
The end of 2007 saw the publication of two important documents on the future of the American synagogue, and, at first glance, they could not appear more different. The first, "Acting Strategically: A Manual for Synagogue Planning," is a product of the Minneapolis-based STAR, or Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal. Written in the language of business consulting, the manual offers a...
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Evelyn Gordon
One of the most widespread misconceptions about Israeli-Palestinian talks is that "everyone knows what a deal looks like," and all that's needed is for the parties to sit down and sign it. As The New York Times put it in an editorial last month, "the issue is less how peace would look than whether leaders ... have the political courage...
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Can the voters think straight about the one thing we elect presidents to do?
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Events have a way of clarifying even the muddiest political puzzles. As Americans prepared to pick the finalists for the presidential contest, the chaos in Pakistan served as a reminder of a simple truth about electing our chief executive. No matter what the candidates say about their priorities or even what voters say they care most about, the one thing...
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Tiff over oath scratches the surface of a far more difficult clash of values
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In late November, radio talk-show host and columnist Dennis Prager penned an article criticizing an incoming member of Congress for announcing that he would take the oath of office in January by swearing upon a Koran. Prager is a respected Jewish author who was recently added to the roster of the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which...
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Barry Rubin
The elephant has gone into labor and brought forth a mouse. That's the most apt remark about the end-game in the international effort to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons. After three years of intensive diplomacy involving the highest-ranking policy-makers and "best minds" of the Western countries, the Iranian government has literally run rings around its adversaries. Tehran has repeatedly lied...
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