Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775

Unintelligent Debate In the midst of the December "war on Christmas" mania, last week's decision by a federal district judge to strike down the inclusion of "intelligent design" in a Pennsylvania science curriculum gave new impetus to the debate over separation of church and state. The ruling was a stern rebuke to those who sought to place the theory that...
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Red Cross Cave-In: Who Says It’s Really a Win? The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that Israel finally won recognition and was accepted into the Red Cross: “Jewish groups welcomed adoption of the red diamond, and hoped that the development would lead to the MDA full membership in the international organization” (Israel & Mideast: “A Diamond Is a Jew’s Best Friend?”...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
As public debate grows over the Bush administration's eavesdropping policy, some American Jews are recalling a time when the Roosevelt administration undertook some questionable eavesdropping of its own - and Jewish activists, including some in Philadelphia, were the targets. The year was 1944, and the object of U.S. government wrath was the Bergson group, a political action committee led by...
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By:
Barry Rubin
Palestinian politics is just starting to get interesting. Yet much of the world seems to be oblivious - at least in terms of actual policy - to the monumental changes taking place. Every day I read articles that explain in lofty terms how Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the moderates must be helped; how he needs to be encouraged to...
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Learn the Right Way to Cook Persian Rice! You recently published a recipe for Persian rice that was so wrong, I simply had to respond (Cooks & Cuisine: “Fall Into Flavor,” Nov. 10). Given my own personal history of living in Iran and cooking its food, I don’t want your readers to think that what was printed was correct. First,...
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