Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

The wisdom of the Jewish calendar lies in its cycles of rejoicing and reflection. It wisely bridges the gap between the frightening narrative of sorrow and near destruction that animates so much of the Jewish past with the impulse to kick loose and enjoy ourselves. Hence, the absolute necessity for Purim. On Purim, we do not merely remember a narrow...
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Get American Troops Out of Iraq's Civil War! U.S. troops are right in harm's way in an Iraqi civil war (A Matter of Opinion: "One Defeat Might Yield Another," Feb. 8). Can America tell the world that we will not walk away from helping Iraq -- that we will help rebuild this country, but we no longer want to be...
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Saul Singer
Eight months ago, I wrote a column calling for a Jewish Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, someone who would dedicate their mega-fortune to saving the Jewish people -- and specifically to fully funding the Birthright Israel program. My dream is coming true. Sheldon Adelson is stepping up to the plate. Adelson, the son of a Boston cab driver, may be...
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Steven M. Cohen
Not many years ago, it was taken as axiomatic that intermarriage constitutes a significant threat to Jewish continuity. For individual families, we understood that more often than not, the children of the intermarried would be raised as non-Jews. And since intermarrying Jews have fewer children -- and because most of their children won't identify as Jews -- intermarriage implied fewer...
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Drawing the wrong conclusions about Iraq shouldn't lead us to worse mistakes on Iran
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The passage last week in the U.S. House of Representatives of a nonbinding resolution opposing a troop buildup in Iraq was pure symbolism. But in modern war, such symbolism is often as powerful as an exploding car bomb. Whatever its ultimate place in the account of the stunning decline in American public support for this war, it does serve as...
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