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  • Netanyahu critic Leon Wieseltier says Israeli PM is right on Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Political commentator Leon Wieseltier acknowledged that despite his dislike for Benjamin Netanyahu, he believes the Israeli prime minister is right about the Iran nuclear deal.

    “I’ve almost never written a good word about him, so he’s right not to like me,” Wieseltier, a veteran...

  • Right, Left and Center Condemn the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 28, 2015 | 11:28 pm

    With more and more voices from the right, left and center decrying the deal with Iran, it is not surprising that a majority of American's in recent CNN poll are against the deal. The more you read the agreement, and study the issues, the more you cannot help but realize that this...

  • Jewish name-calling: a note on Michael Oren, Leon Wieseltier and the art of insult

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 6, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    SHAKESPEARE said it so sweetly.

    “What’s in a name?” the Bard mused in “Romeo and Juliet,” his immortal romance about hostile households. “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    In Jewish tradition, names are taken a tad more seriously. Families...

  • What will New Republic exodus mean for American Jewish thought?

    December 9, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    Last week’s departure of most of the editorial team at The New Republic — including Franklin Foer, Leon Wieseltier, Judith Shulevitz and Julia Ioffe — didn’t just blow a hole in the landscape of American journalism. It also threw into doubt the future of what has long been...

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  • A rabbi’s eulogy for Steven Sotloff

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 5, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    “Is there a sorrow greater than this?" Rabbi Terry Bookman, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Miami where I grew up, asked as he opened Friday's memorial service for slain journalist Steven Sotloff.

    "Where’s our consolation?”

    In his tribute to Steven, who was my friend, Rabbi...

  • Jews and Jim Crow

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2014 | 12:59 am

    After Shabbat services two weeks ago, I nearly quit my job.

    That reflex came after a community discussion on Michelle Alexander’s 2011 book “The New Jim Crow,” about racial injustice and inequality in America; I found it impossible to fend off very dark thoughts urging me to...

  • This week in power: Samantha Power, Wieseltier, WWII diary, Princesses

    By Danny Groner

    June 13, 2013 | 3:53 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Jews and Power
    "Samantha Power brings to foreign policy an activist impulse that many in the pro-Israel community wish was more prevalent among American diplomats Except Power, a...

  • Amid turmoil, Wieseltier sees clear path in Middle East

    By Tom Tugend

    February 16, 2011 | 11:47 am

    You have to sympathize with public speakers asked to deliver carefully prepared lectures on the situation in the Middle East, where events have a habit of overtaking incisive scholarly analyses.

    So it befell Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic, prolific writer and...

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