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Finding Pharaohs in A Modern Film

Could Pharaoh be Irish? As we read this last month’s Torah portions, about the ancient idiosyncratic behavior of an Egyptian despot, we think such personalities can’t happen in our world, in our times.  Well, a film with nine nominations for Oscar awards, admirably shows it can transpire in ordinary human behavior.

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Column: Fearing A Collision Course Between Bibi and American Jews

When Eric Goldstein speaks, Benjamin Netanyahu must listen. Even more so than when others speak, such as U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, Israeli business executive Eynat Guez, 100,000-plus protesters in Tel Aviv and Israeli expats in New York and Los Angeles.

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Column: ‘Dream Job’ In Rural Michigan Becomes Nightmare for Jewish Educator

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After nine days as dean of students at a middle school, Michael Woodberg resigned. The offense? Being Jewish.

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Column: Our First ‘Jew-ish’ Congressman: How Perilous Is He?

Our very first “Jew-ish” congressman established himself as a serial liar, a possible criminal suspect and a punchline. Until Tuesday. Now it is far worse: George Santos is scary, and maybe dangerous.

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Letter: Sorry, Whoopi: The Holocaust Was All About Race

On two recent occasions, Whoopi Goldberg, a celebrity with a very high profile platform called "The View," has promulgated the ahistorical fantasy that the Holocaust of six million Jews had absolutely nothing to do with race.

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Column: If Justice, Justice Is Not Pursued In Israel

Team Bibi’s plans to transform Israel’s legal system boils down to a perversion of our most basic biblical teachings. They will forsake justice to feed their political appetites.

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Column: Palestinians Dread What They Have Wrought

Most American Jews and possibly almost half the Israeli electorate would concur with my neighboring diners that Ben-Gvir and Smotrich could be disasters waiting to happen. I do not sympathize with those diners or Palestinians as a society, though I certainly fear for peaceful, rational Arabs caught in the middle.

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Column: Outreach or “Pod Squads”? Breaking Down Bias on The Left and The Right

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Top federal officials and Jewish leaders spoke to each other, and together they spoke to the public at large, the public that reads newspapers, watches television news programs and listens to those who run our government. But they did not speak to the people that count.

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Column: ‘Complicity’ With Antisemites Is Bipartisan

The Three Stooges of Mar-a-Lago launched a hate-fest that is hardly the first that is directed at Jews. Nor are Republicans alone in enabling antisemitism in America. Democrats have been restrained in responding to antisemites in their own ranks and advocacy groups have failed to deter antisemites and other bigots.

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Letter: Spinning Off Into Madness…

But why, what possible reason could Trump have had for allowing lunatic antisemite Kanye West to visit him after all of West’s frightening hate was made public, despite it intentionally being relegated to Tucker Carlson’s cutting room floor?

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Column: Road to the Jewish White House

Jared Polis, Joshua Shapiro and Lee Zeldin ended the day, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, able to claim vast political accomplishments. All three can be credited with consolidating or augmenting power in their states for their respective political parties.

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Column: Two Perilous Forces in Israel

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No question that American Jews should be anxious about the future of an Israel in Bibi’s hands. There will likely be two prime forces at work that can intensify the conflict with the Palestinians.

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What Is So Odd About Getting Even?

The 2022 Boulder Jewish Festival Film series, highlights several Holocaust related movies. One of the most prominent is "Plan A," the true story of attempted revenge on the Nazis by some Jewish groups. This article discusses some of the complex issues brought up by this film.

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