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Unite the Right fizzles

Sunday’s Unite the Right Rally in Washington was a virtual no-show for the white supremacists who sought a reprise of the torch- and weapons-carrying march that sparked violence one year ago in Charlottesville, Va. That rally, capped by the death of counter protester Heather Heyer, stunned and sickened the nation. On Sunday, the fewer than 40 who turned up in the nation’s capital were drowned out — literally and figuratively — by the thousands who took to the streets in opposition and by the rain which dispersed the crowds.
Wednesday 08/15/2018
Unite the Right fizzles
Posted: August 15, 2018

Sunday’s Unite the Right Rally in Washington was a virtual no-show for the white supremacists who sought a reprise of the torch- and weapons-carrying march that sparked violence one year ago in Charlottesville, Va. That rally, capped by the death of counter protester Heather Heyer, stunned and sickened the nation. On Sunday, the fewer than 40 who turned up in the nation’s capital were drowned out — literally and figuratively — by the thousands who took to the streets in opposition and by the rain which dispersed the crowds.

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Early elections in Israel?
Posted: August 15, 2018

The political machinery in Israel is gearing up for the next election. By law, a vote for a new Knesset must be called by late next year. But in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling, elections could come as early as this January. And if such early elections are triggered, the implications could be significant.

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Holocaust Museum’s exhibit makes excuses for FDR
Posted: August 15, 2018

The most important person in the story of America’s response to the Holocaust, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was not mentioned even once in a recent article about the new “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. But perhaps that’s not surprising, since Roosevelt is reduced to such a minor figure in the exhibit itself.

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We must introduce Jewish kids to ‘Rabbi Google’
Posted: August 15, 2018

Jewish schools need to teach their students how to use the Internet as a Judaic resource. There is no Jewish knowledge that can be imparted to students that is not available to them on the Internet. In fact, many of the things that can be taught to adults already exist in cyberspace.

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
On Charlottesville anniversary, recommitting to the fight against hate
Posted: August 08, 2018

On August 12, 2017, the nation was gripped by the shocking scene of hundreds of white supremacists taking to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, bellowing racist and anti-Semitic chants. While some wore polo shirts and others waved Nazi flags, their message was clear: non-whites and minorities have no place in today’s America.

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British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a hopeless case
Posted: August 08, 2018

One only needs to read British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s apology to understand just how meaningless it is.

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Changes in open Orthodoxy
Posted: August 08, 2018

This is a season of change for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss in 1999. Chovevei’s president of five years, Rabbi Asher Lopatin, has moved on, having announced his unexpected resignation in 2017. Lopatin is now in Detroit, working as the director of the Detroit National Center for Civil Discourse and as the new rabbi of the Modern Orthodox Kehillat Etz Chayim.

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Organized prayer in America
Posted: August 08, 2018

The new Pew Research Center survey, “Why Americans Go (and Don’t Go) to Religious Services,” examines the reality of increasingly empty houses of worship. “In recent years, the percentage of U.S. adults who say they regularly attend religious services has been declining,” the Aug. 1 study begins, “while the share of Americans who attend only a few times a year, seldom or never has been growing.”

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Wednesday 08/01/2018
Problems with Labour
Posted: August 01, 2018

With so many curious things happening in politics in this country, you can be forgiven for not paying attention to the circus that Great Britain’s opposition Labour Party has become. The party, with which most British Jews traditionally identified, seems intent on alienating them.

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Low-tech terror from Gaza
Posted: August 01, 2018

It was Samson who tradition says set the tails of 300 foxes on fire and sent them into the fields of the Philistines to destroy their crops. A similar low-tech weapon has been employed by Palestinians in Gaza in recent months. Burning kites and balloons they have sent over the border fence into southern Israel have destroyed some 7,000 acres of land, causing millions of dollars in damage and untold emotional trauma.

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Wednesday 07/25/2018
Israel’s friend Putin
Posted: July 25, 2018

Israel appears to be one of the few winners from the Helsinki summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both men expressed support for Israel, a rare point of agreement in a region where the two countries have long been at odds and are backing opposite sides in a variety of conflicts.

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