Friday, September 30, 2016 Elul 27, 5776

When your mission is the vital task of absorbing immigrants to Israel, budget shortfalls can't stop you from doing your job. That's the position the Jewish Agency for Israel has found itself in recent years as allocations from its traditional funders -- Jewish federations -- have diminished. The reason for that is simple. Federations must provide local services for the...
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Lieberman's endorsement signals the end of an era for a certain kind of Democrat
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On the eve of the brief caucus and primary season that will probably determine the two major-party presidential nominations by mid-February at the latest, most members of Congress are playing their cards close to their vests. The reason is there's a lot to be lost in backing the wrong horse. Of the few congressional endorsements in this campaign, none is...
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Hero to the End
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Several months ago, I got reacquainted with The New Leader , the longtime political journal, which discontinued its print version last year, but continues its long tradition of featuring fine pieces of analysis and incisive reviews of the arts at its Web site: www.newleader.com . And one of the distinct pleasures of reconnecting with the publication (which I had the...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
U.S. Intelligence Asks the Wrong Questions, Then Gets Wrong Answers Former U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on Dec. 11 about the Bush administration's Iran-intelligence folly: "The National Intelligence Estimate on Iran presents an interesting paradox: Though almost certainly the product of rigorous assessment and questioning, it may actually leave us less secure over...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
"Sholem Aleichem!" I call out. "Aleichem Sholem!" they shout back in unison. I'm still self-conscious standing up here by the blackboard. What are my credentials for running a Yiddish class? I may have a decent accent, but what about my grammar? My vocabulary beyond a third-grade reading level? When officials from the local Jewish community center approached me, they made...
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