Monday, May 30, 2016 Iyyar 22, 5776

By:
Stephen J. Savitsky
I was privileged on July 13 to be invited, along with 16 other Jewish leaders, to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. Much has been written about this historic meeting; it's hard to believe there have been so many commentaries on a one-hour session. Everyone there has a version of what happened; I'm no different. For me,...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
One stark difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats appear to be far more willing to confront and publicly denounce bigots and extremists in their own fold. This has been highlighted by the GOP leadership's failure to condemn Rush Limbaugh's divisive, race-baiting diatribes. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama unambiguously rejected and repudiated Louis Farrakhan, calling the Nation...
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Why Are Gays Relegated to the 'Back of the Bus'? I was disheartened and even disgusted to read the only coverage of the vicious murders of two young gay Israelis, who were brutally gunned down at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Tel Aviv, on Page 35 of the Aug. 6 Jewish Exponent in your "News in Brief" section...
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Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to take a stereotype and send it spinning on its head. That's exactly what the "Pulp Fiction" director has done with "Inglourious Basterds," his latest movie, opening in the region this Friday, in which Jews don't play the victims -- for a change -- during the Holocaust. To everything, change ... and it's a welcome...
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By:
Gilad Kariv
The promoters of Israel's new bill for civil marriage for those without religion are calling it a historical legal breakthrough, but actually it's nothing but political trickery. According to the proposed legislation, couples that do not belong to any of the recognized religions in Israel would be able to register in a civil union and enjoy the same rights one...
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