Sunday, May 29, 2016 Iyyar 21, 5776

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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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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Won for the Web
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Over the last few weeks, I've been extolling the wonders of the Internet. And just the other day, I discovered another of them. It used to be that when the print version of a magazine died, it was gone forever. But that's not the case now that the Web's around. Take The New Leader . The venerable journal that was...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
How Did Two Men Reduce Global Politics to a Single Issue? Columnist Steve Huntley writes in the Chicago Sun-Times ( www.suntimes.com ) on Sept. 7 that attacks on supporters of Israel reveal the authors' own bias: "It's no secret that the Israeli lobby has a record of success. A number of strongly motivated organizations advocate for Israel -- a cause...
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Advocacy Corner
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Asaf Romirowsky
Today, pro-Israel students confront a demoralizing challenge on campus defending Israel's right to exist as a democratic Jewish state, as well as expressing views that would be labeled as "conservative." Some examples: · Natana DeLong-Bas, a lecturer in theology at Boston College, as well as in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, says that she...
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