Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775

Who cares about a South African cleric's false charges? Maybe we all should!
Later this month, representatives of Israel's government are slated to attend a new peace summit at Annapolis, Md., sponsored by the Bush administration. Desperate not to be seen as obstructing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's goal of creating a Palestinian state before her boss's term expires in January 2009, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has enthusiastically endorsed the conference. Given the...
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The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Foundation recently caused a stir by announcing that it would award a teaching job at Brandeis University -- as well as a generous salary -- for the person who comes up with the next "big idea" to transform the way the Jewish community thinks about itself. Given the popularity and success of some other recent...
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Don't Forget Volunteers Who Fought for Israel! Concerning Jonathan Tobin's column about a new film on Israel's War of Independence that includes fictional Americans fighting for the Jewish state (A Matter of Opinion: "Film Bombs in 'Jerusalem,' " Oct. 25), I'm a Machal veteran, one of the real American volunteers. I fought from Feb. 2, 1948, until July 20, 1949,...
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Edward Newman
The rabbinical head of the British reform movement, Rabbi Tony Bayfield, wrote in Ha'aretz that reform/liberal Jews can "bridge the abyss," and join forces with secular Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. The partnership, he said recently, should be "one forged outside the synagogue and rooted in the ancient Jewish perception that we worship God (believers, nonbelievers and agnostics alike)...
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Reader's Lament
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Most people who still read magazines and newspapers love articles that feature surveys -- and the more outrageous the question, the better. The Webzines have exploited this sure-fire technique of the old journalism, and a most entertaining example appeared last week on Slate. Five years ago, the editors asked critics to discuss their "greatest literary omissions" -- "the most important...
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