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‘Does it do good?’ vs. ‘Does it feel good?’

A fundamental difference between the left and right concerns how each assesses public policies. The right asks, “Does it do good?” The left asks a different question.

One example is the minimum wage. In 1987, The New York Times editorialized against any minimum wage.

“There’s a virtual consensus among economists,” wrote the Times, “that the minimum wage is an idea whose time has passed. Raising the minimum wage by a substantial amount would price working poor people out of the job market . . . More important, it would increase unemployment . . . The idea of using a minimum wage to overcome poverty is old, honorable — and fundamentally flawed.”

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Liberal Lens

Can Jeb Bush be his ‘own man’?

Jeb Bush’s last name comes with advantages that are difficult to overstate. In a presidential race, he gets, among other things, instant name recognition and a built-in fundraising apparatus from his father and brother. Those assets alone explain why a man who hasn’t won an election in more than a decade is nonetheless considered a serious contender for his party’s presidential nomination.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 08:19 )

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View from Central Park

Mark of Cain

My first reaction to the latest controversial Meretz-sponsored bill in the Israeli parliament was, mark of Cain. The original meaning of the phrase in Genesis is a sign of safety and protection for Cain, a warning to others that killing will him provoke the vengeance of G-d, that if Cain is harmed it will only boomerang sevenfold. Over time, and throughout Christian history, due to prevalent anti-Semitism, the phrase was interpreted negatively and in today’s parlance has come to mean a mark o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 08:19 )

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View From Denver

Denver builds slums

WHAT IS a “slum”? A century ago it was a high density structure that was built poorly and unsafely. No doubt, many of the high density structures now going up all around Denver are built well and, of course, safety codes have advanced significantly over the last century. Add two more caveats: Some of the residential structures going up around Denver are not high density; in fact, they’re beautiful. I have written about some of them. Then also, some of the new structures, even the ugly or ...
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View from Central Park

Loss

Last week I decided to research the Torah’s approach to coping with death, loss and bereavement. I spent time studying many different Biblical sources, as well as Talmudic ones, narratives replete with the personification of the Angel of Death as well as the rabbis’ perspective on consolation. I re-read many narratives that I have studied previously, but this time through the prism of loss and mourning. Just to name a few examples: Cain and Abel. And Eve, a bereaved mother’s response: th...
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JTA News

Marking numbers on refugees arms recalls Shoah, Jewish leaders say

Marcy Oster Czech police used felt-tipped pens to mark the hands and arms of refugees, mainly from Syria, taken off a train at the Breclav train station near the border crossing with Austria. ... [Link]

Israel strikes Hamas base in Gaza after gunfire on kibbutz homes

Marcy Oster One of the bullets reportedly shattered a kibbutz home’s window and hit a television as two children, ages 6 and 9, were watching it. ... [Link]

Zero-tolerance policy on anti-Semitism, Belgian PM vows

Cnaan Liphshiz Security for Jews in Antwerp, where some 18,000 Jews live, was a prominent issue on the agenda during Prime Minister Charles Michel’s visit. ... [Link]

Norwegian politician compares smoking bans to Nazi persecution of Jews

Julie Wiener “This is legally enforced discrimination. Jews were also already being persecuted from 1933,” said Geir Finne, leader of Norway’s Coastal Party. ... [Link]

J Street U’s new Muslim president says she’s ‘culturally Jewish’

Andrew Tobin Amna Farooqi, a senior at the University of Maryland, is a critic of Benjamin Netanyahu, but reads David Ben-Gurion. ... [Link]

Kerry: U.S. will use ‘all tools’ to confront Iranian destabilization

Ron Kampeas Kerry says he outlined security plans for the region in letter to Congress. ... [Link]

It’s Jew vs. Jew (and rabbi vs. rabbi) in fight over Lithuanian site

Cnaan Liphshiz Lithuania’s chief rabbi has been fired, a British rabbinic group is being accused of corruption and a $25 million renovation plan is at stake in a dispute over the Jewish cemetery where the Viln... [Link]

Netanyahu orders reexamination of IDF open-fire orders on rock throwers

Marcy Oster The order came during a discussion in the Prime Minister’s Office of the security situation in Jerusalem and along the main highway into the city, as well as the West Bank. ... [Link]

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