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Notes On A Pair Of Pinheads

29 Sivan 5761 – June 20, 2001
Would it be a tad tasteless for the Monitor to break into a hearty chorus of 'Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead' at the welcome news that Deborah Sontag is soon to vacate her post as New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief?

No Time To Blink

22 Sivan 5761 – June 13, 2001
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has steadfastly refused to renege on his pledge that Israel will not negotiate in the face of continuing Palestinian violence and terror.

The Embassy Should Be Moved, Mr. President

May 31 will mark the second anniversary of the date set by federal law for the United States Embassy in Israel to have been relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Good To Wrap Fish In

There's a certain maxim among media critics (and if there isn't, the Monitor just coined it) that goes like this: If all seems right in the world of journalism, you probably haven't opened up that day's New York Times.

The New Right

17 Sivan 5761 – June 8, 2001
Most Israelis now want "to teach the Arabs a lesson they won't forget," but they are also prepared to uproot most of the settlements.

The Mitchell Report: Are They Serious?

15 Sivan 5761 – June 6, 2001
There was a palpable sigh of relief in many quarters in the Jewish community when the Mitchell Report failed to call for the establishment of an international monitoring group for the Middle East.

The Pope’s Trip

Many were startled by Pope John Paul II's neglect to respond to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's anti-Semitic calumnies the other day in the presence of the pontiff.

Most Biased Network Of All

Still dining out on the praise it garnered during the Gulf War a long decade ago, CNN (derided in its formative years as the 'Chicken Noodle Network' for its then ticky-tacky image and more recently as the 'Clinton News Network' for its unabashed infatuation with the former president) has for some time now been arguably the nation's most overrated news outlet.

The Coming Test

10 Sivan 5761 – June 1, 2001
There is no question that in the aftermath of the IDF's operation in Beit Hanoun, the Bush Administration has stepped up its involvement in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Targeting Hasidim

Again this past week, there was fresh evidence of the increasing propensity to demonize Hasidim in the public's perception.

Reading The Mail

The Monitor usually answers letters and e-mails privately, but sometimes a public response seems more appropriate, as the following three queries illustrate.

Rav Avigdor Miller, zt”l

8 Sivan 5761 – May 30, 2001
We join Klal Yisroel in mourning the death of Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt"l, one of the foremost marbitzei Torah of our time.

Arafat Has A Friend At Harper’s

Harper's, the literary magazine founded in 1850 and celebrated in its early years for featuring the works of Herman Melville, Henry James and Mark Twain, has for most of its history been an insomniac's delight - a snooze-inducing bore found mainly in the waiting rooms of doctors who hope to impress patients with a little bit of culture-by-association.

When All Else Fails, Blame The Jews

1 Iyyar 5761 – April 24, 2001
Bill Clinton doubtless thought that his long Op-Ed apologia on the Rich pardon in last Sunday's New York Times was just the tour de force needed to stanch the cascading criticism of his secretive eleventh-hour maneuver.

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