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Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

by Dimi Reider, Reuters

10 hours ago

Smoke and flames rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike on Oct. 20. Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group's assault on the Kurdish... read full article

  • “The frum tax” for public schools

    by David Benkof

    15 hours ago

    While many American Jews have been big backers of public schools, our current system discriminates against traditionally religious Americans through what I call “the frum tax.” (Frum is Yiddish for observant.)
     
    Here’s how the frum tax works: If you’re secular and want to...
  • Power to the table

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    While we were having our meals in the sukkah this year, I kept thinking about another holiday. This is odd because Sukkot has a strong and distinctive personality. The very idea of building a sukkah is unusual. For eight days, this little hut is the center of our lives, which, in...

  • A better Orthodox reaction to the mikveh, East Ramapo scandals

    by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink

    1 day ago

    Three groups of Orthodox Jews have made several prominent appearances in the media over the last few weeks: The East Ramapo Central School District was profiled on National Public Radio because Chasidic Jews living in the district have wrested control of a majority vote on the...

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  • Obama must take action on LGBT rights overseas

    by Rabbi Steven Greenberg

    1 day ago

    When I was a young man, still in the closet, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, one of the most prolific authorities on Jewish law of the 20th century, described gay people as rebels against God.  Grossly misinformed about the phenomenon, Rabbi Feinstein posited that homosexuals were possessed...
  • Israeli emigration to Berlin: It makes sense

    by Peter Rothholz

    1 day ago

    The uproar in Israel about the so-called “Milky” affair has two distinct aspects. First, it calls attention to Israel’s current economic situation which has caused both real and perceived problems, especially for young people. The other, and rather darker, issue is that it has...
  • Anat, don’t ram a bus into Israel’s new-found unity

    by Leah Aharoni

    1 day ago

    It’s not common for a society to undergo a mindset shift in the space of four months. Yet that’s exactly what happened in Israel this summer.
     
    The Israel of October 2014 is not the same country we lived in just a few short months ago. Most of us didn’t do anything to make it...
  • The facts of Ebola

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 day ago

    When the young woman in the seat next to me asked the flight attendant for a glass of cabernet, I took it as a sign that projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea would not be part of my trip from PHL to LAX.   I also took it as a reminder that the Ebola irrationality I’ve slammed...

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