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Texas has long prided itself on its individualism, its independence and its deep natural and human resources. That approach has often enabled the Lone Star State to “go it alone” without much-demonized federal oversight or intervention. Last week, the state’s single-mindedness and Mother Nat…

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We are troubled by a recent poll that found three in 10 Republicans believe the QAnon conspiracy theory. At a time when the party is struggling to find its balance, it can ill afford to tolerate a growing fringe that is increasingly anti-Semitic, racist, Islamophobic and militaristic. 

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Do you know the scene in Willy Wonka where all four grandparents share the same bed in an effort to keep warm? Texas has been like that this week, but without a daughter at the stove cooking soup.

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February has a variety of noteworthy qualities: the shortest month, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Arizona Statehood and, as of 2009, Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month.

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Among the marauding mix of white nationalist, neo-Nazi, Christian militia and QAnon insurrectionists storming through the Capitol on Jan. 6, calling for the hanging of then-Vice President Mike Pence and hunting down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with seeming intent to harm, were prominent anti-…

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We have commented before on Poland’s effort to reframe Holocaust history, and to whitewash the involvement of Polish citizens in Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust. The effort attracted attention a couple of years ago, with the passage of Poland’s “anti-defamation law,” which made it unlaw…

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Protecting Holocaust survivors is uniquely important. They represent survival and resilience — and most importantly, they are the remaining eyewitnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust. As eyewitnesses, they are vitally important in educating future generations about the lessons of the Holoc…

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined 42 other Republican senators in voting to acquit former president Donald Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection. The 57-43 vote in the Senate failed to meet the two-thirds majority required, and Trump was acquitted in his second impeac…

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Last week, we were critical of NBC News’ mean-spirited suggestion that Anne Neuberger, President Joe Biden’s pick for deputy national security adviser on the National Security Council, would not be able to judge Israel in a professionally objective manner simply because her family foundation…

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After right-wing extremists attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, and Twitter banned then-President Donald Trump from further postings on its platform, some wondered why the social network waited so long to impose the ban. Others asked why Twitter silenced Trump and not other provocateurs, and rai…

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When you slip under the covers in your nice warm bed heading for a good night’s rest, what goes through your mind?  My guess would be thoughts about the just-completed day or what might be ahead tomorrow.

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With our nation still reeling from the insurrection in our nation’s capital, struggling to move past the divisiveness that threatens to tear apart the fabric of our democratic society and contending with a pandemic, all eyes are on Joe Biden as he enters the Oval Office after nearly 50 years…

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It is for good reason that Iran is a global, hot-button issue. Lives literally depend on how world powers deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions, its support of global terrorism, its regional designs and its pledge to annihilate Western adversaries, including the United States and the State of Israel.

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Last week, NBC News published an online story by correspondent Ken Dilanian about Anne Neuberger, President Biden’s new deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology on the National Security Council. It was not well-received by Jewish groups, to say the least.

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The article “Interfaith families navigate unusual holiday season” on Dec. 18’s front page portrays a positive picture but neglects to point out significant challenges of interfaith couples. It ignores the bigger picture: the possible eventual demise of Judaism via assimilation.

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Not every U.S. president has been “the best friend that Israel has ever had in the White House.” But there is no U.S. president who has come into office with a longer history with or a better understanding of the Jewish state than President Joe Biden. And he has always been viewed as a good …

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From Dr. Anthony Fauci’s gleeful press briefing to the proliferation of memes of a bundled Bernie Sanders and his knitted mittens, the inauguration of President Joe Biden last week has ignited a sense of relief and hope across the country. While the inauguration lacked the traditional grande…

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Just when we thought we had seen and heard everything, the unthinkable came: an assault on our nation’s Capitol.  Who could have thought that this was possible in the one country that understood, and maybe now understands better, the value of civility and reasonable discourse -- the one coun…

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With the threat of a renewed coronavirus outbreak, essential workers are even more needed on the front lines. Every day, our essential employees risk their lives to protect ours. Our nation has a responsibility to protect the health and financial stability of these heroes and their families.

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An apocryphal story has George Washington explaining to Thomas Jefferson that a bicameral Congress is the superior model because the Senate will be the “saucer” where the “hot tea” from the more politically tempestuous House of Representatives can “cool.” Although saucers have largely gone t…

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In the worlds of philanthropic and political giving, Sheldon Adelson was a generational figure. He was a man of extraordinary wealth who invested heavily in causes in which he believed, and he never faltered under the scrutiny or criticism of some of his choices. Quite simply, the man descri…

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Democracy and civil society depend upon the commitment to two principles: objective truth and democratic process. Regrettably, both have come under assault in recent months, through baseless conspiracies of election fraud and a concerted effort to overturn the will of the majority of America…

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On Jan. 6, 2021, in the midst of unfolding chaos — the sounds of gunfire and shattering glass echoing around me — I made one of the toughest phone calls of my life. I FaceTimed my 27-year-old son and 24-year-old daughter, Clay and Addie, to see their faces and to tell them how much I loved t…

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Israel is a small country, often described as “the size of New Jersey.” With a population of about 9 million, it also has about as many people as the Garden State. Currently, Israel’s population is heavily concentrated in the metropolitan areas in the center and north of the county, with vas…

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It was just one week ago. The news that Jon Ossoff, a proud Jew, and Raphael Warnock, a respected Black minister, won election as Georgia’s new Democratic senators was a big deal. Democrats rejoiced.  Republicans sulked. Pundits had a field day. And the House was poised to certify President-…

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After a horrible year of pandemic, poverty and polarization, will the coronavirus vaccine soon return the Jewish world to a semblance of normalcy?That’s the question without a clear answer as 2021 begins amid another surge of coronavirus cases, as well as the first rounds of vaccinations tha…

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The announcement of COVID vaccines should have been cause for celebration and relief. It was the first sign that we might actually beat this virus, come out of our homes, regain social contacts and rebuild the economy. It was a sign of hope that our Jewish institutions might survive this end…

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Last month, with the first rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, we saw the beginning of the end of the pandemic. We were happy to see front-line health care workers and the elderly get the vaccine, and are encouraged by public efforts to encourage all segments of the population to get vaccinated. V…

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At first glance, the headlines were heartening: “In first, Israel recognizes three civil marriages performed online” and “Couples marry online … beat lack of civil marriages in Israel.”

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Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” begins, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” While the classic opening describes a different time and place, the latter sentence could surely apply to what we experienced this past year with the coronavirus pandemic.

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We are under siege. The U.S. will end 2020 with 330,000 people dead from COVID-19 — a virus none of us had even heard of when the year began. Some 18.7 million Americans have been infected by the virus, entering them into a lottery whose results are anywhere between no symptoms and death. Mo…

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Unless there is some tectonic shift in Israel’s body politic over the next dozen weeks, the country will hold national elections on March 23, 2021. This will be Israel’s fourth national election in two years.  And it will likely result in a stalemate — necessitating a fifth round.

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If there is such a thing as the most famous Israeli or even the most famous Jew in the world, it is in all likelihood the actress Gal Gadot. Indeed, when a film like "Wonder Woman" is a hit from the U.S. to China and back again, it could hardly be otherwise. One imagines that the film has th…

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I remember my bar mitzvah party well, not because of how big it was, but because of how small. As a middle class child going to a wealthy suburban Jewish day school, I knew how outlandish some of the parties could be – large halls, DJs and five course meals. Even the invitations were big, ar…

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Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the EU’s highest court, dealt a serious blow to ritual Jewish and Muslim methods of animal slaughter. The court upheld a Belgian law that requires that animals must be stunned before they are killed. Neither Jewish nor Muslim law …

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Competence, experience and precedent-setting diversity appear to be the hallmarks of the most recent round of men and women President-elect Joe Biden has nominated to fill his Cabinet. Each has a connection to the overall area of nominated responsibility — or has helpful parallel experience …

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There’s a special place in my heart for Morocco. It’s not just that every scene of the movie “Casablanca” is like an old friend. I grew up there. Memory can play tricks on us — and I confess that my nostalgia for Casablanca may be idealized. But it’s there.

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Why is it that 75 years after the end of World War II there is still Jewish-owned art looted by the Nazis that has not been returned to its owners’ heirs? One answer is that it was a racist regime bent on genocide that coerced Jews to part with their property, while restitution efforts proce…

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We recently read the article “‘Frustrated, mad, upset, sad’: Kids react to school changes,” in the Jewish News. As it relates to Pardes, while we can appreciate the viewpoint of the children that were interviewed, we want you to know we have had the opposite experience than what was describe…

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The historic Abraham Accords have been a singular foreign policy success of the outgoing Trump administration. Last week, a fourth Arab country — the Kingdom of Morocco — joined the list of Arab states willing to normalize relations with the State of Israel. While Morocco may not be the shin…

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