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Harvey Weinstein is not a Jewish issue

Over the past two weeks, we have seen many reactions and reactions-to-reactions to the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long pattern of reported sexual harassment and assault of women. Most of us are simply repulsed by the allegations of unchecked abuse of power and Sodom and Gomorrah-style depravity. And for some, the reactions are even more pronounced because Harvey Weinstein is Jewish.
Wednesday 10/11/2017
Needed: sensible firearm regulation
Posted: October 11, 2017

There was a time — about two weeks ago — when no one but a few had heard of bump stocks, the “accessory” that makes a semi-automatic weapon work like an automatic weapon. So when returning to the debate over the role of firearms in the United States following the murder of 58 people in Las Vegas, it would be wise not to focus on that specific issue.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
What Corker’s exit means
Posted: October 04, 2017

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee’s announcement last week that he will not seek reelection at the end of his term could be a sign that the pragmatic wing of the GOP continues to be in retreat. That’s bad for Republicans and bad for the country.

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Wednesday 09/27/2017
A scary general assembly
Posted: September 27, 2017

As world leaders took the podium last week at the U.N. General Assembly, we were treated to a lot of bluster and some theater, but not much assurance that the world is heading down a peaceful path. And there were many offending speakers.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
The possessions of Iraqi Jews
Posted: September 20, 2017

A year from now, the United States is scheduled to return to Iraq a trove of Jewish artifacts the U.S. military discovered in Baghdad after it overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003. Included within the historic materials are thousands of what were badly damaged holy books — the oldest from the 16th century — which were shipped to the United States, restored and digitized.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Searching for meaning from an unsettling year
Posted: September 13, 2017

Irma. Harvey. Charlottesville. They are the names given to three extraordinary and deadly events, which all happened in the last few weeks. And that’s only a small part of the past chaotic year — in our politics, in our society and in our environment.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
How to help Houston
Posted: September 06, 2017

The size and devastation of Hurricane Harvey came as a surprise. The scenes of catastrophic flooding were barely comprehensible as one of the nation’s largest cities appeared to sink beneath unrelenting rainfall. Four feet of rain fell on Houston, the greatest amount of precipitation from a tropical system in the continental United States.

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Wednesday 08/30/2017
Complaining rabbis got outmaneuvered by Trump
Posted: August 30, 2017

What is a Jewish group supposed to do when it wants to make a principled statement to the president of the United States? How aggressive should it be? And how carefully should its members consider the political ramifications of what they are doing?

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Wednesday 08/23/2017
Bye bye Bannon
Posted: August 23, 2017

Alternately described in the press as a political Svengali, the id of President Donald Trump and the soul of the arch-conservative wing of the Republican Party, Stephen K. Bannon was the White House man many in the Jewish community both feared and loved to hate. During and after last year’s presidential campaign, Bannon’s Breitbart News was seen as the mouthpiece of the so-called “alt-right” coalition of white nationalists and die-hard conservatives which peddled conspiracy theories harkening back to tired racist and anti-Semitic tropes.

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