Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

The veneration of powerlessness is not a legitimate or a useful Jewish value
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Part of the standard liturgy of Jewish prayer is the pronouncement that "we were exiled for our sins." The victories of the Babylonians and the Romans were not ascribed to the imperialist aggression of those predatory powers. Nor did our tradition assign blame for those defeats to the weakness of the Jewish forces, or even to the stupidity of both...
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Museum Speaks of Past, Present and Future Jonathan Tobin's column (A Matter of Opinion: "Golden Ticket to Oblivion," Aug. 30) advocating increased funding for Jewish day schools is well taken, but his gratuitous attack on the National Museum of American Jewish History was unfortunate. Tobin clearly doesn't understand the dynamic role the museum will play in furthering Jewish education in...
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The arrival at an agricultural research facility in northeastern Syria of a shipment marked "cement" earlier this month apparently set in motion a chain of events that will have international repercussions. According to published reports, the "cement" was, in fact, a shipment of nuclear equipment from North Korea. The research being conducted at the Syrian facility close to the Turkish...
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David Horovitz, JE Feature
At the start of his monumental history of Nazi Germany, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich , William L. Shirer quotes a variant of the philosopher George Santayana's remark, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it." It is a measure of the current global amnesia that Iranian state television seems more prepared to...
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Hershel Shanks
No one really cares. But that puts me in an elite group: It includes two of Israel's most prominent Jerusalem archaeologists (Gaby Barkay and Eilat Mazar) -- and me. And a few religious or Zionist kooks. That's about it. Meanwhile, the Muslim Wafk goes on tearing up Jerusalem's Temple Mount, where the Jewish Temple stood. The week before last, they...
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