Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

By:
Stewart D. Friedman
Now is the time of year when we return to what matters most in our lives. We reflect on what we've done and we commit to making things better in the year ahead. What a great and powerful moment in the Jewish cycle. For without this annual taking stock, how can we evolve to become the person we want to...
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By:
Asaf Romirowsky
The eminent doyen of Middle East Studies Bernard Lewis noted that the success of Edward Said's book, Orientalism , was in being able to transform a term that had always referred to an area of academic specialty focusing on societies and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia into an expression of political abuse. As Lewis prophesied, shortly...
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Myths of Islamic Tolerance Have Clear Goal: Extinction of the Jewish State Historian Benny Morris writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on Sept. 10 about the legacy of Islamic anti-Semitism: "Scholars in the West have begun to devote time and space to anti-Western jihadism and Muslim anti-Semitism -- and a good thing, too, as these are very much...
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We've all heard the admonition: If you get a tattoo -- if you desecrate your body in this way -- you will not be able to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Such phrases filled Jewish childhoods in mid-20th century America; and yet, who would have imagined way back then that this standard parental admonition would provide the lead for...
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Should Americans care what foreigners think about the presidential election?
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Jonathan S. Tobin
Earlier this year, I met with a foreign ambassador who, when asked what he thought about America's zany primary election season, readily confessed that he had a rooting interest in the outcome. "We're all hoping that [Sen. Barack] Obama will win," the ambassador confided. While casting no aspersions on the Republicans, the prospect of an American president with whom the...
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