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No third-rate hack job

It is tempting to dismiss allegations of Russian hacking during last fall’s presidential election as blame shifting by sore losers in the Democratic Party and/or the work of a socially-awkward teen-age hacker working from his parent’s basement. Various figures on the right, including President Donald Trump himself, have intimated as much.
Wednesday 02/15/2017
Everyone’s Talmud
Posted: February 15, 2017

Until modern times, the Talmud was a major Jewish preoccupation. This sprawling compendium of the law, lore and commentary of successive generations of early rabbinic scholars provided Jews with a human map for following the law of the Hebrew Bible and the six books of the Mishna.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Recognize reality of Israel relations
Posted: February 08, 2017

Shmuel Bar, a former Israeli intelligence officer and founder of a company that sifts social media messages for terrorist threats, was recently disinvited from speaking on a panel at a London think tank. He was told that since a Saudi official would be attending the session, the Israeli couldn’t be seen in attendance with him. As related last week in Bloomberg Businessweek, “Bar told the organizers that he and the Saudi gentleman had, in fact, been planning to have lunch together at a Moroccan restaurant nearby before walking over to the event together.”

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Punishing Muslims for being Muslim
Posted: February 01, 2017

Most of the organized Jewish community, along with most civil libertarians, shuddered as the new administration issued an executive order effectively targeting Muslims who want to immigrate to the United States.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Hier will honor the presidency
Posted: January 11, 2017

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Treating the wounds of Aleppo
Posted: December 28, 2016

The Syrian city of Aleppo is 400 miles from the Israeli border. It is closer to Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon than it is to any hospital in Israel. That’s one reason why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement last week that his government is looking into ways to bring thousands of Syrian civilians who were wounded as Aleppo was pulverized to Israel for medical treatment is such a big development.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Trump’s man in Jerusalem
Posted: December 21, 2016

Donald Trump says he wants to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in David Friedman, the president-elect has nominated an ambassador to Israel who reflects the belief that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital – nothing more and nothing less.

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
An epidemic of hopelessness
Posted: December 14, 2016

The health news last week from the federal government was startling. Overall, mortality is up and life expectancy has fallen for the first time since 1993, particularly for Americans under age 65. It appears that the progress in longevity that we have come to expect is reversible.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
ADL seizes the center
Updated: December 19, 2016 - 12:40 pm

It’s not often that a Jewish organization revises its position on a public matter. Most groups are beholden to an ideological slice of donors and members and are frozen on a single track. Yet the groups that take nuanced and thoughtful positions are the ones that generally win the respect of the wider community.

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