Sunday, August 2, 2015 Av 17, 5775

Distorting the meaning of this festival isn't a harmless holiday exercise
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The holiday hijackers are at it again! First, Passover was transformed from an inspiring commemoration of the birth of the Jewish nation during the Exodus from Egypt into a catch-all festival that celebrates the rights of every afflicted minority and fashionable cause imaginable. Now, it's Chanukah's turn. This year, more groups are again seeking to use the old festival of...
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Shock and Awe
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The most fascinating aspect of the piece was its sense of alarm -- even shock. There was even something faintly "stop the presses" about the combination of headline and lead paragraph. The venue was the Arts section of The New York Times on Nov. 19. Along the top of the front page ran the headline: "Study Links Drop in Test...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Real Reasons for Mideast Conflict: What Are They -- and Why Scholar Bernard Lewis writes in The Wall Street Journal ( www.opinionjournal.com ) on Nov. 26 about whether the Arabs are really contemplating peace: "The first question (one might think it is obvious, but apparently not) is, 'What is the conflict about?' There are basically two possibilities: that it is...
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Ori Nir
A call for American Jewish organizations to support the current peace efforts came from an unexpected direction: Israel's Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger. For years closely associated with the right-wing National Religious Party, Metzger recently asked representatives of American Jewish groups in Washington to "influence the American administration" to do their utmost for the success of the Annapolis peace conference. He...
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Honoring Soviet Jewry movement should not lead to an orgy of self-congratulation
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The words "Let My People Go" and cries for "Freedom for Soviet Jewry" are expressions that, for many of us, still set our hearts racing. But those battle cries are now as much the property of historians as entreaties to "Remember Pearl Harbor." The reason is that, contrary to the expectations of a largely skeptical world, the Soviet Jewry movement...
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