Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

The festival of Sukkot that begins this week is regarded by most secular American Jews as a "minor" holiday outside of the two or three days that they generally recognize as "high" holidays of the Jewish year. This is, of course, a misconception, as Sukkot is, according to Jewish law and historical tradition, a very major date in the calendar...
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Seven years ago, the death of a Palestinian child rocked the world. Captured in a famous photo that was reprinted in virtually every newspaper across the globe, the agony of Mohammed al-Dura, a boy who, we were told, had been shot by Israeli soldiers, was the symbol of the supposed cruelty of the Jewish state at the beginning of the...
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Media circus around Iranian shouldn't obscure the high-stakes debate on nukes
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The biggest show on Broadway this week wasn't any of the plays or musicals packing in the tourists in a midtown theater. Rather than "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Spamalot" or the revival of "A Chorus Line," the hottest ticket was to the traveling show starring the man whom The New York Post dubbed a "pint-sized Persian" -- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of...
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Journalism Fails When Fantasies Dictate Bias
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
There is an apocryphal story of the man who goes to synagogue each week, praying that he should win the lottery. Finally, he hears a voice, "Moshe, you have to buy a ticket." While most of us would be happy to win the lottery, our survival's not dependent on a Powerball number. Still, we have much at stake in the...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
How Did Two Men Reduce Global Politics to a Single Issue? Columnist Steve Huntley writes in the Chicago Sun-Times ( www.suntimes.com ) on Sept. 7 that attacks on supporters of Israel reveal the authors' own bias: "It's no secret that the Israeli lobby has a record of success. A number of strongly motivated organizations advocate for Israel -- a cause...
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