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Operation Finale: Adolf Eichmann’s Capture

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Operation Finale: Adolf Eichmann’s Capture

Adolf Eichmann, a major German war criminal who orchestrated the deportation of more than 400,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in 1944, was brought to justice in 1960 when the Mossad abducted him in Argentina and flew him to Israel to stand trial for crimes against humanity. Operation Finale, an original Netflix production directed by Chris […]

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The Rothschilds, An Antisemitic Nazi Film

Filed in Film by on October 19, 2018 0 Comments
The Rothschilds, An Antisemitic Nazi Film

Three antisemitic films were released by Germany in 1940, a banner year for Adolf Hitler’s regime. Poland had been conquered, spelling finis to its independence and its venerable Jewish community. France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg would surrender to the German army. Only Britain would successfully resist the Nazi onslaught. At a moment when the Nazi juggernaut […]

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Mazel Tov To Lucy And Tzachi

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 18, 2018 0 Comments
Mazel Tov To Lucy And Tzachi

An Israeli cabinet minister and a member of Israel’s parliament both acted inappropriately and impudently when they lambasted a recent interfaith marriage between an Israeli Jewish man and an Israeli Muslim woman. Tzachi Halevy, an actor, and Lucy Aharish, a television news anchor, had been in a romantic relationship for four years when they got married […]

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History Repeats Itself At Harvard

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History Repeats Itself At Harvard

A landmark lawsuit alleging that Ivy League Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants goes to trial in October, thwarting months-long campaigns waged by the university to avoid a courtroom fight. Filed by the group Students for Fair Admissions, it asserts that Harvard uses “racial balancing” to artificially determine the demographic breakdown of each incoming […]

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Hamas Confronts Israel As Gaza Languishes In Misery

Filed in Middle East by on October 16, 2018 0 Comments
Hamas Confronts Israel As Gaza Languishes In Misery

Judging by Israel’s discovery and destruction of yet another Palestinian attack tunnel recently, Hamas is still very much in the business of war. The tunnel, which started in the Gaza Strip and penetrated about 200 meters into Israeli territory, was the 15th destroyed by the Israeli army in the past year. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza […]

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Ron Dermer’s Partisan Political Agenda

Filed in Middle East by on October 14, 2018 0 Comments
Ron Dermer’s Partisan Political Agenda

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has painted himself into a corner, revealing himself as an ultra-partisan political operative. Since his appointment in 2013, he has steadfastly refused to meet the leaders of progressive Jewish organizations, notably J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now. All of them are critical […]

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The Guilty: A Minimalist Danish Film

Filed in Film by on October 13, 2018 0 Comments
The Guilty: A Minimalist Danish Film

Gustav Moller’s Danish thriller, The Guilty, which opens in Toronto on October 19, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Unfolding over several hours in dim-lit cubicle at a police call center, it’s a well-crafted movie, exceedingly spare, focused and suspenseful. Virtually the only character in it is Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergreen), a laconic […]

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The Eugenics Crusade

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The Eugenics Crusade

On the face of it, the eugenics movement in the United States seemed like a positive thing. Reaching its apex of popularity in the first third of the 20th century, it garnered the support of notable Americans such as Theodore Roosevelt, the former U.S. president; John Harvey Kellogg, the health reformer and inventor of the […]

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Restoring Tomorrow

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Restoring Tomorrow

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles, was in danger of abandonment in the first decade of the 21st century. Membership was declining and the building was falling apart. Its fate hung in the balance. Thanks to the vision and persistence of its senior rabbi, Steve Leder, the shul, listed on the National […]

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Journalism Is A Dangerous Craft

Filed in Guest Voices by on October 11, 2018 0 Comments
Journalism Is A Dangerous Craft

When I was in Washington earlier this year, I visited the Newseum, a seven-level, 250,000-square-foot museum featuring 15 theaters and 15 galleries about the history of the media. For anyone interested in newspapers and journalism, this is a wonderful place to visit. One of the most dramatic exhibits is its Journalists Memorial, which pays tribute […]

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