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  • Why Knowledge Isn’t Power

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    By Gavi Applebaum

    Ever since I was young, I knew that I was an intellectual. I loved to read. It gave me an outlet. As I progressed through school, I came to believe that knowledge could arm me, enable me to deal with the world. Somewhere along the lines, however, knowledge...

  • Israel denies mystery 2010 detainee spied for Australia

    February 19, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Israel denied on Tuesday that an Australian immigrant who committed suicide in 2010 while jailed for security offenses had spied for his native country.

    The statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which oversees Israel's intelligence services, was the first to...

  • Ex-Israeli intelligence chief Yadlin urges restraint on Iran

    November 30, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Another former Israeli spymaster, Amos Yadlin, urged caution in tackling Iran’s nuclear program.

    Yadlin, who has largely avoided public engagements since stepping down as chief of Israel’s military intelligence last year, convened reporters this week upon being appointed director of...

  • Thieves cart off Jesus statue

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 4, 2008 | 11:04 pm

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    A larger Jesus statue

    Criminal idiocy, via the AP:

    Thieves who stole an 8-foot statue of Jesus Christ off a crucifix in Detroit may have been seeking copper to sell as scrap. Problem is, it’s made of plaster.

    You ask me, these guys got bigger problems than an 8-foot-tall plaster savior they can’t hawk.

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  • How IQ corresponds with biblical literalism

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 3, 2008 | 1:20 am

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    Let’s start with a disclaimer: This post is not self-indulgent and makes no intimations about my intelligence. And now the news ...

  • Einstein found the Bible ‘primitive, childish’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 13, 2008 | 10:33 am

    As a teen, I was told several times by fellow Christians that Charles Darwin recanted his theory of evolution on his deathbed. This 125-year-old legendwas believable because it played into the idea that no matter how wicked a life someone had led—and we believed Darwin to be a vile...

  • Briefs: CIA lifts lid on Israeli raid on Syrian reactor; Iranians raze Tehran shuls

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    CIA: Syria Could Have Made Two Nukes

    Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was nearly ready to produce two bombs, the CIA chief said.

    Michael Hayden said Monday that the secret, unfinished reactor that the United States believes Israel bombed Sept. 6 in northeastern Syria...

  • [VIDEO] If Baruch Obama and Dick Cheney are cousins, what about us?

    By The Web Guy

    October 23, 2007 | 10:33 pm

    I’ve said it before, we—Jews—are family.

    We are the children of Avraham Avinu (Abraham Our Father) and some of us are descendants of the first Jewish priest—the first Cohen—Aaron, brother of Moshe Rabbenu (Moses Our Teacher.)

    It’s all there in Jon Entine’s cutting-edge new book,...

  • Are Jews smarter? And non-Jews—not so much?

    By The Web Guy

    August 28, 2007 | 11:22 pm

    Ever since researcher Gary Cochran of the University of Utah sought to explain the apparent Ashkenazi intelligence edge as an easily-understood example of natural selection, the idea has attracted criticism from scholars of every persuasion. Here’s his thesis:
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    In the Middle Ages,...

  • Can someone tell me why our scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 30, 2007 | 12:36 am


    Interesting post from a blogger in Singapore responding to the question “Can Someone Tell Me Why Our Scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?”

    After repeating the ‘smart Jew’ stereotype (which he calls ‘positive’) he gets to

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    The difference in Jewish History most...

  • ‘The Good Shepherd’: I was a young man for the CIA

    By Steven Rosen

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eric Roth's impressive resume as a Hollywood screenwriter includes an Oscar (for adapting "Forrest Gump") and a string of reality-based screenplays about the difficulties important people face choosing between realpolitik and personal morality.

    These include shared credits on 1999's...

  • Needed: Rational Discussion

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When David Lauter, the deputy foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times, began speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Women's Alliance for Israel program last week, it was clear that most of the audience was out for his scalp, and not even the yarmulke he was wearing could save him....
  • A Different War

    By Rob Eshman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I went to bed on June 25 believing that Islamo-facism was our country's most immediate threat. I woke up on June 26 to find out that no, it was The New York Times. That's the day President Bush publicly criticized newspapers that exposed a secret U.S. government program that monitors...

  • Staff Loyalties Stir Concern Over Work

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There may be no greater test of the United Nations' vaunted neutrality than to be a Palestinian staffer of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip or West Bank.

    UNRWA has 12,000-plus employees in those areas -- where it's the second-largest employer after the...

  • Letters

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Real Intelligence?

    I was very disturbed that you chose to publish the letter by Sabi Israel stating that "to believe in evolution takes just as much blind faith as believing in intelligent design" ("Letters," Aug. 19). This is simply not true. There is no dispute among scientists...

  • Entrapment, Surrender and Silence

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If recent press reports regarding the government case against two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees are to be believed, then I am increasingly outraged at the government's case, AIPAC's response and the silence of the American Jewish community.

    A word...

  • Is There a Smart Gene in Ashkenazis?

    By Geoffrey Carr

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that some ethnic groups may, on average, be more intelligent than others is one of those hypotheses that dare not speak its name. But Gregory Cochran, a noted scientific iconoclast, is prepared to say it anyway. He is that rare bird, a scientist who works independently of...

  • Are Jews Smarter?

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A reported link between Ashkenazi intelligence genes and susceptibility to genetic disorders is clearly mixed news for the descendants of Eastern European Jews.

    It may come as little surprise, then, that reactions to a new study linking the two are a mixed bag as well.

    After all,...

  • Did Feith Cross the Pro-Israel Line?

    By Leonard Fein

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    However the sordid facts play out in the current FBI investigation of a senior Pentagon analyst's alleged spying on Israel's behalf, they raise a raft of nettlesome questions -- and memories.

    Recall, for example, that the heart of Jonathan Pollard's self-justification was that he...

  • The Lessons We Learned in 1973

    By Matt Nesvisky

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter that Transformed the Middle East" by Abraham Rabinovich. (Schocken, $27.50).

    In a reflective moment toward the end of the Yom Kippur War, then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan told a confounded and confused Israeli Cabinet: "We generally...

  • Is FBI Watching Other Groups?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    New twists and turns in the case of alleged wrongdoing by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) have left many in the Jewish community baffled.

    A week after allegations first broke suggesting that AIPAC was involved in the exchange of classified information from the...

  • Did Feith Cross the Pro-Israel Line?

    By Leonard Fein

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    However the sordid facts play out in the current FBI investigation of a senior Pentagon analyst's alleged spying on Israel's behalf, they raise a raft of nettlesome questions -- and memories.

    Recall, for example, that the heart of Jonathan Pollard's self-justification was that he...

  • A Love Like Mime

    By Mark Miller

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In my San Francisco days, I once had a brief romantic affair with a mime. I was living in a house with lots of bedrooms, which were rented out to many different people. One of them was her, Angie, a young woman who each day would leave the house, go down to the park and do her mime...

  • Walk Your Dog

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The two suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Rishon LeZion occurred Tuesday, the day I was booking my flight to Israel for later this fall.

    I fear what I'll find when I get there is a country caught up once again in a crescendo of violence. The brief calm that offered the barest of...

  • When Intelligence Falls Short

    By Dore Gold

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Intelligence errors usually are associated with military disasters like Pearl Harbor or the 1973 Yom Kippur War, not with diplomacy.

    Yet the last decade of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process may involve such an error of assessment. Looking back now, 10 years after the signing of...

  • No Decision From Pollard Day in Court

    By Edwin Black

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It didn't result in any decision, but just getting another day in court was a victory of sorts for Jonathan Pollard.

    Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for spying for Israel, Pollard for years had tried to get a new hearing, arguing that his former counsel was inept and that the...

  • Pollard Lawyers Get Day in Federal Court

    By Edwin Black

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sept. 2 is going to be a big day for Jonathan Pollard: The American Jewish spy is going to get another day in court.

    Pollard's lawyers will have 40 minutes in a federal courtroom to explain why they should be permitted to continue efforts to rescind the life sentence he received 18...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: P.A. Didn't Help Rescue

    The Palestinian Authority had no part in the rescue of a kidnapped Israeli taxi driver, Israeli officials said. P.A. Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas personally pledged cooperation in the efforts to locate and release Eliyahu Gurel, but a senior...

  • IDF at Odds With Militant Activists

    By Matthew Gutman

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The bad blood between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and a group of international pro-Palestinian activists continues to grow as more members of the group are injured in Israeli anti-terror operations.

    A British activist was shot in the head last Friday as a group of foreign and...

  • Israelis Prepare for Possibility of Attack

    By Naomi Segal

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Twelve years after Purim celebrations in Israel marked the end of the first Persian Gulf War, Israelis spent the holiday this week preparing for the next war.

    With a U.S. strike on Iraq imminent, Israeli upped civil defense preparations while officials repeated the assessment that...

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