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The Media Myth of Gene McCarthy

14 Kislev 5766 – December 14, 2005
Eugene McCarthy died last week at age 89, and should anyone have been surprised by the highly selective memory demonstrated by many in the media who eulogized the former Minnesota senator best remembered for his 1968 antiwar presidential candidacy?

A Mid-War History Lesson: Bush 2005/Churchill 1942

1 Kislev 5766 – December 1, 2005
He acknowledged that the training of Iraqi security forces "is an enormous task, and it always hasn't gone smoothly."

A Forgotten Champion of American Orthodoxy

21 Heshvan 5766 – November 23, 2005
Rabbi Dr. Bernard Drachman (1861 - 1945)

When Rudy Tossed Arafat

24 Tishri 5766 – October 26, 2005
Ten years ago this week, the UN was marking its fiftieth anniversary with a series of events around New York City, including an Oct. 23 invitation-only Lincoln Center concert performed by the New York Philharmonic for a glittering list of dignitaries and diplomats. When Rudy Giuliani spotted Yasir Arafat and his entourage making their way to a private box seat near the stage that evening, the mayor immediately ordered the Palestinian leader off the premises.

The Case Against College – But For a College Education

16 Tishri 5766 – October 19, 2005
A number of weeks ago I received an email from someone asking me to consider writing an article about yeshiva high school students and college education.

The Disengagement Deal

3 Elul 5765 – September 7, 2005
On the eve of the unilateral Gaza withdrawal, Ariel Sharon explained his action to the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot:

Nixon: The ‘Anti-Semite’ Who Saved Israel

27 Tammuz 5765 – August 3, 2005
If judged only by what is heard on his White House tapes, Richard Nixon, who resigned the presidency 31 years ago this week, appears to have been a man obsessed with Jews, stewing in negative feelings, never hesitating to use the crudest of slurs.

The World’s Jew

8 Tammuz 5765 – July 15, 2005
Christian social workers come to visit. They say: "Stand firm, this is your home, stand up for your rights".

Spielberg’s Leftist Muse

30 Sivan 5765 – July 6, 2005
Tony Kushner and the terrorists he's writing a screenplay about have one thing in common. . . The alarm bells went off like crazy when Steven Spielberg hired Tony Kushner last year to rewrite the script of a movie about Israel's clandestine - and lethal - response to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Elegy For A Ball Park And A Ball Player

16 Sivan 5765 – June 22, 2005
The New York Mets will be getting a new stadium in time for the 2009 baseball season if all goes according to plan. Media coverage of the announcement was rather animated for a couple of days - lots of speculation about what the new park might look like and what it might be called - before it was abruptly cut short by news that the Yankees would be moving into a new stadium of their own, also in 2009.

Is This Simcha Really a Simcha?

8 Sivan 5765 – June 15, 2005
You glance through your mail, and there it is - an invitation to a simcha. It could be a chasuna ora Bar Mitzvah.

Six Days Remembered

23 Iyyar 5765 – June 1, 2005
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson affirms that it is illegal to blockade Israeli shipping in an international waterway, but diplomatic efforts fail to compel Egypt to reopen the waterway.

Non-Fiction, We Presumed

10 Iyyar 5765 – May 18, 2005
There's nothing worse than finding an error of fact in a non-fiction book. It sort of makes the reader wonder whether finishing it is worth the effort. The Monitor has had several such unpleasant moments in recent weeks while perusing books ranging in tone from silly to somber.

The Real Dividing Line

One of us is a Christian pastor, the other is an Orthodox Jewish rabbi. Yet for all these differences, something recently united us. And it was not that we're both bald or that we both have beards!

Rethinking The Dangerous Gaza Withdrawal

As outgoing Israeli Chief of Staff General Moshe Ya'alon has predicted, "Immediately after the disengagement we can expect a burst of terrorism...all the signs point to it."

Making ‘Hatikvah’ Part Of Our Synagogue Service

Different minhagim have already been established and I leave it to each community to follow the lead and guidance of its teachers.

Old Right And New Left: United When It Comes To Jews

They've moved so far around the political circle they've met on the other side, spouting identical positions on such issues as Iraq, the broader War on Terror, and, most particularly, the Jewish state of Israel.

A Time To Remember, A Time To Relate

These weeks between Pesach and Shavuot provide an unusual window of opportunity for children to learn about their grandparents' and great grandparents' heritage.

The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege

This was the rhetorical stance of the Peace Movement from 1977 to 1992, when Likud either dominated or was an equal partner in Israeli governments, and the position won more and more adherents from the ranks of Labor's constituency.

Letters To The Editor

U.S. Jews' PrioritiesHillel Halkin's May 13 op-ed ("The Bush Conundrum") was the best defense of President Bush I've read anywhere. The only problem is...

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