Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Amid all the noise over loyalty oaths, it would be easy to miss some of the more significant developments in the Middle East over the past week. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad trampled on Israel's doorstep, with a visit to Lebanon bent on bolstering Hezbollah; former President Jimmy Carter trekked to Damascus, once again blaming Israel for all the region's troubles;...
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Story on Gays Sadly Misses the Whole Point The cover story on Orthodox Judaism's position on homosexual conduct ("Orthodox Stand Firm on Some Gay Issues," Oct. 14) misses the point. Both the headline and text imply that Orthodox Judaism and Torah-true Judaism are conflicted by opposing homosexual conduct, and incorrectly implies a support of violence against homosexuals. The Torah is...
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By:
Steven Burg
I was saddened to hear of the death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college student driven to suicide by bullying over his sexual orientation. While Clementi's case has grabbed national headlines, it is, unfortunately, far from unique. In September alone, no fewer than six boys in America committed suicide as a response to bullying they suffered over their sexual identities...
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The "establishment" versus the "grassroots." The old divisions that once clearly delineated -- and divided -- the Jewish landscape have long been evaporating. But a recently released study about the next generation of Jewish leaders provides valuable new insight into how those worlds align, collaborate and sometimes collide. Anyone interested in understanding the dynamics at play among our future leaders...
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No Need to Ask for Any Sort of Special Protection In response to the article "Legislation to Protect Students From Anti-Semitic Harassment" (Editorial & Opinions, Oct. 7), I object to special legislation singling out Jews as a minority group. The assault by a shopping cart, the destruction of a Holocaust memorial and the painting of swastikas should be prosecuted under...
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