Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

Heart and Soul In a country where it seems everyone is bowling alone these days - to borrow a phrase from sociologist Robert Putnam - there's no shortage of pessimism about the future of communal religious institutions. The synagogue, like American Jewry itself, has been assailed by the plagues of ignorance, assimilation and a declining population. All of these factors...
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Missionaries: The Real Threat to Community Contrary to the opinion expressed in your editorial, there is no “gray area” when it comes to “appropriate behavior for those who seek to share their faith with others” (Editorial: “The Real Threat Doesn’t Come From Missionaries,” Sept. 1) If one were to compare the statement of belief published by Jews for Jesus with...
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The implosion of Israel's leading party will have consequences for the U.S. alliance
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According to the Israeli media, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had more on his mind in New York last week than just speaking at the United Nations. After addressing the world body in Hebrew, Sharon switched to English to schmooze a group of wealthy American Jews, who attended a private event that was a thinly veiled fundraiser for the premier's coming...
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Author David Gelernter writes in the Los Angeles Times ( www.latimes.com ) on Sept. 9 that sometimes television pictures don't tell the truth: "A 55-second video report, produced in 2000 by a French TV station and distributed free of charge around the world, has caused untold injury and grief to Israeli civilians. This month, the French author Nidra Poller analyzes...
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Those of us concerned about how books get published and how reputations are molded were offered more than a glimpse into such literary machinations in the Aug. 22 New York magazine, which ran an article titled "Don't Hate Him Because He's Good-Looking, Privileged, Impeccably Connected and About to Publish His Second Novel." The "him" they were referring to was Nick...
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