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The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb Reads ’1984′ As A Playbook

The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb Reads ’1984′ As A Playbook
By April 7, 2008

Someone forgot to inform Michael Goldfarb that the appendix to 1984 on Newspeak is not an instruction manual for political writing. Have a look at his remarkable defense of former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, current Berkeley law professor, and now … Read More

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The New Jew Canon: A Tale of Love and Darkness

The New Jew Canon: A Tale of Love and Darkness
By April 7, 2008

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email. Title: A Tale of Love and … Read More

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A Yankee Jew In Sharon’s Court

A Yankee Jew In Sharon’s Court
By April 7, 2008

From: Gregory Levey To: Shmuel Rosner Dear Shmuel, Thank you for being direct. I’m sorry if my book hit a nerve. I’m not sure how to address this whirlwind of questions, but I’ll begin by saying that I’m disappointed to … Read More

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What North American Jews Don’t Get about Israel

What North American Jews Don’t Get about Israel
By April 7, 2008

Is the bond between Diaspora Jews and Israel stronger than a couple of summer teen tours and a vague obligation to keep up with Israeli politics? Gregory Levey might have a deeper insight on that question than most of us … Read More

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The Best, Worst, And Most Improved Op-Eds Of The Week

The Best, Worst, And Most Improved Op-Eds Of The Week
By April 4, 2008

The Best: In the Washington Post, Zbigniew Brzezinski outlines the inductive fallacy at the heart of the case for perpetuating the war in Iraq — comparing unrealistically optimistic projections of Iraq's future if the war continues to unrealistically pessimistic projections … Read More

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Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo Is A War Criminal

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo Is A War Criminal
By April 4, 2008

This is an election year, which naturally means that it's time for our media and political class to make it clear which values matter and which don't. For example, some presidential candidates might be disqualified from the office because of … Read More

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Obama May Be Skinny, But He’s No Policy Lightweight

Obama May Be Skinny, But He’s No Policy Lightweight
By April 3, 2008

One narrative has remained remarkably consistent throughout this election cycle: Hillary the cold, detail-oriented policy wonk versus Obama the passionate dreamer with only vague ideas about governing. "Perspiration versus inspiration"–it seems like a fairly straightforward choice. The problem is that … Read More

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Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Song

Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Song
By April 3, 2008

For the last seven years musicians Gabriel Meyer and peace activist Elias Jabbour have been doing what politicians have repeatedly failed to do: bringing Jews and Arabs together in the spirit of reconciliation and peace. They do this through the … Read More

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