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SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson: Three Comments

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:48 AM

Three comments on SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson:

Scarlett Johansson has given a clinic on how to stand up to bullies.

The world is filled with people who preach love but are full of hate. They project humility but are full of arrogance. They are consumed with...

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The Pew Survey of U.S. Jews: Ramifications and Recommendations

(8) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:22 PM

The Pew study entitled "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" confirms what we have known about the American Jewish community for some time: except for the Orthodox, every segment of the American Jewish community is imploding. These trends are accelerating every day.

There are less Jews (except for the...

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Obama in Israel: A Primer for Liberals

(14) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 10:29 AM

President Obama's three days in Israel were historic in many ways. It is worth emphasizing the full scope of his message, not merely those sound bites and snippets that were conveyed in the media. He reminded us why liberals fell in love with Israel, and why Israel is a liberal...

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Elegy for Newtown

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 2:48 PM

Watch Rabbi Hirsch's sermon live.

What does the murder of 20 of our most precious and most vulnerable creations and six of their teachers who loved them tell us about ourselves? What does it tell us about our society that we cannot even protect our children?

What does...

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Peter Beinart's Offense Against Liberalism

(383) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Peter Beinart's op-ed in the New York Times (March 19), entitled "To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements," crossed a red line. More than that: it is an offense against liberalism itself.

1. Boycott

The call to boycott Israel -- even the lame effort to distinguish between boycotting Israel within the...

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Why I Support the Ban On Worship In Public Schools

(60) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 2:14 PM

Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Board of Education (BOE) are right to oppose a bill before the New York State legislature that would authorize the use of public school buildings for religious worship.

There may be some who oppose the bill because they are antagonistic to religion. I...

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Turning Enemies Into Friends in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

(82) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 3:38 PM

In early Jan. 15 senior rabbis, ministers and imams traveled together to Israel and the Palestinian territories. We are from among New York City's leading religious institutions. Collectively, our houses of worship are home to tens of thousands of prominent New Yorkers.

Anyone who appreciates the hectic schedules and...

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