Cross-Currents Blog

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Let’s Celebrate Chanukah

In his much admired new book commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America, Jonathan Sarna displays a 1879 poster announcing the “Great Revival” of the “Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka.” In the accompanying...

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Couldn’t have said it better…

The Jerusalem Post has Prime Minister Sharon admitting, “Budget cuts in the haredi sector have been unreasonable.” Of course, he’s saying that because he wants UTJ to join the coalition. What’s remarkable is that...

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Why We Need This Blog

Last night, someone shared with me a recent episode of Law & Order. I don’t think this episode would have aired while Stephen Hill, one of the entertainment world’s more famous baalei teshuva, was...

Elections, PA Style?

The folks at PowerLine claim that the following image is from an election rally in the PA. I haven’t seen this elsewhere, but the problem is that this is entirely too believable. As PowerLine’s...

Skeptical About Skeptics

In a column in Scientific American (Nov., pg. 34) appropriately enough called “Skeptic,” Michael Shermer (publisher of a journal that bears that name) tells us what is wrong with the recent spate of scientific...

The new anti-Semitism

A few weeks ago, a colleague (Rabbi Yitz Etshalom) and I agreed to appear on a radio program called Focus on the Mideast. The station is ultra-leftist (Marxist would be more accurate); the host...

Oops

Are we surprised? In the same week that the previously-mentioned op-ed from Peace Now attempts to blame Bush for the violence, a prominent Palestinian editor says that Arafat never intended to make peace at...

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Look in a Mirror, Lady

Slack-jawed disbelief — it’s the only possible reaction. Those with rational minds will be amazed by this gem from the President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now. Peace Now, of course, is the...

Dead on, as usual

Evelyn Gordon of the Jerusalem Post is an old friend from college. At the beginning of her college career, she was both liberal and non-religious. By the end, she had improved considerably on both...

Would Vilna have voted Kerry?

There’s a Reform Temple in Pennsylvania that, for several decades, blew a French Horn on Rosh HaShanah. Then younger members started agitating for the use of a real Shofar, instead. The old-timers responded with...

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