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Putin's Critics <br>
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
Putin's Critics
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
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Obamacare Plank <br>
Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Obamacare Plank
Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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editorial
Icon makes political statement
Elie Wiesel has taken out full-page ads in The Washington Post and The New York Times in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to address both houses of Congress. In the ads, ...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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All about Shmuley
Is Rabbi Shmuley Boteach the Jewish Al Sharpton? Like the reverend who is often identified as “civil rights leader Al Sharpton,” Boteach is an amalgam of activism and self-promotion — having brande...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Schabas rests
As chairman of a three-person U.N. human rights panel appointed to investigate violations during last summer’s Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas was deemed by many to be biased again...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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The fallout from Dermergate
As Benjamin Netanyahu’s man in Washington, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer has succeeded in identifying himself more closely with his prime minister than any other envoy in the nation’s history. That...
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new AMIA bombing victim
With the death by gunshot wound of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires has ground to a halt. Nisman was hours away...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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No hoax in Paris
There is a disturbing counter-narrative about who was behind this month’s terror attacks in Paris that led to the deaths of 14 innocent people. Listen to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend
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Big devotion in a small town
“Life is a tragedy full of joy,” the celebrated novelist Bernard Malamud once stated. As Jews, we are all too familiar with happiness and pain sharing space on the same stage. This diametrically op...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Being Jewish in the Bible Belt
Being Jewish in a very Christian school can be worse than being a Texan in New York City. Ten-gallon hats, giant belt buckles and cowboy boots strutting down the streets of Manhattan will get you l...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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What’s in a name? That which we call ‘Islamic’ …
When President Bush declared a “War on Terror” after the September 11, 2001 attacks, I wrote a piece decrying his use of the term. Terror is a mechanism, an ideological tool. The people who flew pl...
Feb 26, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Purim poser: What is our fascination with villains?
Who is the Haman in your life? The person, who like the bad guy in the Megillah Esther that we read on Purim, schemes to bring you down. When we get to the place in the Megillah where Haman is forc...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reflections on the Jewish Federations’ solidarity mission to Paris
My early days as a Jewish Federation professional came at a time when our system was evolving away from reliance on messages of combating anti-Semitism and statements of “never again” to one of str...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Playing the race card against Israel
When all else fails, play the race card. With the White House campaign against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu running out of steam, the administration’s supporters scraped the bottom of ...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Are voluntary dues enough to get people to join synagogues?
Michael Paulson reported in The New York Times on the “Pay What You Want” model that some synagogues are implementing to reduce the financial barrier to membership. Paulson estimated that about 30 ...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
The Palestinian economy: Why we should care
by Alan Elsner, Guest Columnist
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — A new report from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University paints an alarming picture of a Palestinian economy on the West Bank on the verge of collapse. The report, by Ephraim La...
A new way to think of ourselves: ‘tribal’ and ‘covenantal’
by Gary Rosenblatt
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Rabbi Sidney Schwarz recalls the exact words of a comment from a liberal rabbinical student that disturbed him profoundly. “We were at a retreat, and he said to me, ‘I didn’t go to rabbi...
Erasing the borders
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
At a recent panel discussion about the past, present and future of Squirrel Hill, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh President and CEO Jeffrey Finkelstein made a frank and correct observation ...
A rabbi considers Pope Francis’ relationship with the Jews
by Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Guest Columnist
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a long tradition of Jewish jokes wherein a rabbi has a private audience with the pope. In these comedic stories, the conversations between the two are often conducted in a counterintuitive...
In defense of Samantha Power
by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Every once in a great while — far too rarely, to be sure — an individual acquires near-iconic stature in a given field of human endeavor. Samantha Power, whom President Obama has appoint...
Political theater
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, Iranians went to the polls and elected a so-called “reformist” candidate to be their next president. This development may constitute change of a sort, but here’s the critical point: It’s...
Foreign policy wishes for Father’s Day
by Joel Rubin
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
As a father, I feel responsible not only for my three little girls’ health and well being, but also for their emotional security, their education and their safety.  Because of this, I believe that ...
Letter to an Israeli pioneer
by Rosanne Skirble, Guest Columnist
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Raffa: You came into my life and married my mother when I was 10.  You asked my permission and let me try on the engagement ring first.  I accepted you as my father.  We had the wedding at our...
‘A bris is still a bris’
by Rick Perloff, Guest Columnist
Jun 12, 2013 | 3 3 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
I feel a little unsettled this Father’s Day. It’s an odd feeling — of loss and strong obdurate silence where once there were words, sounds and a linguistic joie de vivre. My father, Robert Perloff,...
Competitors?
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel is in the planning stages of developing its Leviathan natural gas field, the world’s largest offshore gas discovery in 10 years, with an estimated 19 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of reserves. H...