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Thursday 09/20/2018
The hardest part of   Yom Kippur
Posted: September 20, 2018

Many would say the hardest part of Yom Kippur is fasting. For others the hardest part is being in a synagogue for so long or saying the Kaddish prayer when we remember recently departed loved ones. For some, it may be refraining from conjugal relations. For still others it may be the soul searching and the prayers atoning for our sins.

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Confessions of a liberal Zionist
Posted: September 20, 2018

I am a knee-jerk liberal. I am in favor of reproductive rights, universal health care, gun control, protecting the environment, the decriminalization of marijuana, consumer protectionism, gay marriage, immigration, a livable minimum wage, sanctuary cities, civil and equal rights.

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
Israeli military officer: I stand with the Druze
Posted: September 12, 2018

Israel’s new “nation-state” law, which is widely viewed here as clumsy, unnecessary and unwise, must be amended. That’s why I was proud to join tens of thousands of Israelis recently in a peaceful, unifying protest led by the Druze community.

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Exploiting children for propaganda: Beyond the Ahed Tamimi campaign
Posted: September 12, 2018

In the Middle East propaganda wars, 2018 is the “year of the child,” at least for the Palestinians.

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Wednesday 09/05/2018
The inconvenient truth about Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian terrorism
Posted: September 05, 2018

Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, the entity that rules the West Bank, (otherwise known as Judea and Samaria) has been appointed to lead a terrorist organization. Although the press has frequently called Abbas, who also leads the Fatah movement and the Palestine Liberation Organization, a “moderate” and the P.A. a “peace partner,” not a single major U.S. news outlet has reported the P.A. chief’s new job.

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A Jabotinsky Zionist reply to Ronald Lauder
Posted: September 05, 2018

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, following up his March 18 New York Times tirade against Israeli settlers and several other targets (“Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds”) doubled down with a second op-ed in the Times on Aug. 13 with an attack on Orthodox Jewish influence on Israeli politics (“Israel, This Is Not Who We Are”).

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Thursday 08/30/2018
Why we still need heroes like John McCain
Posted: August 30, 2018

Anybody who pays attention to contemporary popular culture knows that stories about heroism are passé. But why then do we still long for them? One example comes from an incident that took place almost a century ago.

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Interest in Israel and Judaism is alive and well on campus
Posted: August 30, 2018

The online nonprofit site “The Conversation” ran an article by Northeastern University Professor Dov Waxman titled, “As Israel turns 70, many young American Jews turn away.” He argues that young Jews are less connected to Israel than ever before, and that they are no longer interested or comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state.

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