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Quick Takes: Obama’s Wrong Turn on Syria

by Ralph Seliger   HELL ON EARTH: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, a new documentary by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested (broadcasted on the National Geographic Channel and available for purchase via YouTube), has reinforced my view that Obama was wrong to suddenly reverse his initial 2013 decision to lead a […]

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The “Double Genocide” Theory

THE NEW AND OFFICIAL FORM OF HOLOCAUST DENIAL by Dovid Katz from the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents Photo at top: A scene from the June 1941 Lietukis Garage Massacre in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania. An eyewitness wrote: “The behavior of the civilians present (women and children) was unbelievable. After each man had been killed they […]

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Russia’s War on Democracy and Human Rights

by Larry Lerner THE MURDER of opposition leaders is an old weapon of choice for the Kremlin. The blood of exiled former member of the Russian Parliament (the Duma) flowed on the streets of Kiev last month when Denis Voronenkov was assassinated — by a Russian hitman, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Voronenkov had been […]

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Eight Ideas for Khanike Gelt

by Lawrence Bush KHANIKE GELT (gifts of money) has roots in days of Jewish poverty, when children rarely had a penny of their own. In contemporary times of Jewish prosperity, perhaps it is the whole family’s turn to give gelt. Here are some suggestions for Khanike-season giving. FIRST CANDLE: The “Miracle of Oil” — one […]

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December 6: Martha Minow of Harvard Law

Martha Minow, dean of the Harvard Law School since 2009, whom President Obama named as “a teacher who changed my life,” was born in Highland Park, Illinois on this date in 1954. Minow has taught at Harvard Law since 1981 and is an expert in human rights, advocacy for oppressed minorities and women, military justice, […]

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October 14: Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize

Romanian-born writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on this date in 1986 as “one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterize the world,” according to the Nobel Committee. “Wiesel is a messenger to [hu]mankind; his message is […]

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August 1: The Sidewalk Socrates

Philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser, who taught at Columbia University for four decades and was dubbed “the Sidewalk Socrates” by James Ryerson in the New York Times magazine, died of ALS at 82 on this date in 2004. Morgenbesser was a master of the hilarious, brainy quip (click here for some examples) and a beloved teacher. A […]

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Confronting the “New Campus Anti-Semitism”

As Professional Israel Advocates Intervene in Campus Affairs by Rabbi Brant Rosen THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZED Jewish community, the mainstream media and academia, we’re increasing talk of a sharp increase in anti-Semitism on American college campuses. In response to recent incidents at UCLA and elsewhere, one congregational rabbi from Los Angeles has warned of “something deeper, more […]

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November 13: The UN Special Rapporteur

International jurist Richard Falk, an emeritus professor at Princeton who served as a controversial United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories from 2008-2014, was born in New York on this date in 1930. Falk has caused great thunder on the right by lambasting Israeli occupation policies as “genocidal,” drawing analogies […]

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