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Aiming at authoritarians, Sanders misfires

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made a major foreign policy speech last week in which he identified an emerging authoritarian strain around the world. The topic is an important one for a once and perhaps future presidential candidate to address. He correctly pointed out that authoritarianism is growing around the world, but not just in Russia, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere; he argued that it is growing here at home, as well.
Wednesday 10/17/2018
Aiming at authoritarians, Sanders misfires
Posted: October 17, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made a major foreign policy speech last week in which he identified an emerging authoritarian strain around the world. The topic is an important one for a once and perhaps future presidential candidate to address. He correctly pointed out that authoritarianism is growing around the world, but not just in Russia, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere; he argued that it is growing here at home, as well.

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Kavanaugh: a postscript
Posted: October 17, 2018

The circus that surrounded Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court made the Clarence Thomas affair look like a Disney movie.

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Nikki Haley’s exit
Posted: October 17, 2018

As President Trump’s United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley redefined what it means to leave no daylight between the United States and Israel. In the two years of her tenure in office, she has brooked no compromise with Israel’s critics. None. AIPAC has thanked her for “consistently” standing up for Israel.

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
We still need to talk
Posted: October 10, 2018

“Imagine a married couple who have cycled in and out of intimacy ask themselves every day if they should stay married. Without answering the question, the very asking of it assumes that there is a question to be asked. There is a problem. The question itself begins to undermine the relationship.”

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Toxic canary
Posted: October 10, 2018

The headline in the Forward, “Canary Mission Blacklist Is Secretly Bankrolled By Major Jewish Federation,” was misleading. But revelations last week about the opaque right-wing Canary Mission show what happens when support for Israel runs amok.

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Rain, rain, don’t go away
Posted: October 10, 2018

Following the torrential rains and high winds brought by the remnants of Hurricane Rosa, walking down the hallway to my office became an obstacle course. Our temple is filled with the sounds of heavy-duty fans drying out the carpet. The stucco from the soggy ceiling above must be replaced after the rain damage is repaired. A few weeks ago the Northwest Valley also lost thousands of mature trees, torn up by their roots in a strong wind and rain storm.

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Taking it to the polls — make your vote count for women’s health equity
Posted: October 10, 2018

It’s thrilling to be part of a historical moment when women are stepping into the political arena in record-breaking numbers. They’re tossing their hats into the ring — left, right and center — in national, statewide and local races. It’s an auspicious lead-in for next year’s 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. National Voter Registration Day took place on Sept. 25, but if you’re able to vote and haven’t yet registered, do so. We have to be in it to win it.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
With time running out, we must engage with Holocaust survivors
Posted: October 03, 2018

There are more than 400,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors worldwide, but the survivor population is rapidly diminishing. As we begin another year, each of us needs to reflect on what we have done in the past year to support this shrinking community and commit to doing more for them in the coming year.

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Changing care model for Jewish elderly in Eastern Europe
Posted: October 03, 2018

In business, an effective planning process is essential for success. During the just completed High Holidays, Jews are urged to engage in this sort of process for our own lives. We reflect on the past year, seeking lessons to help us in the coming year. Are we committed to the right ideals? Are we living up to them? When others need us, do we answer the call?

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Kuwait’s unfriendly skies
Posted: October 03, 2018

In a networked world, attempting to separate friends from foes can be messy. The High Court of the German state of Hesse last week tried to make some legal sense of the mess that is Kuwait’s non-recognition of Israel in an era of near-seamless interconnection. The result was unsatisfying.

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Insults and inequality
Posted: October 03, 2018

The mass Russian immigration to Israel in the 1980s helped put the Jewish state on solid demographic footing. But the nature of Soviet Jewish society brought its own demographic complications. Many Russians who immigrated with their families were not Jews, either according to Jewish law or personal identification.

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