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Why isn’t economic inequality a bigger issue?

IF critics of income inequality are wondering why the growing gap between rich and poor hasn’t been a more potent political issue in the upcoming elections, a new study offers some answers: Americans grossly underestimate this inequality.

That’s one of the key findings of a survey showing the gap between CEO and average worker pay in America is more than 10 times larger than the typical American perceives.

In the report, Harvard University and Chulalongkorn University researchers analyzed survey data from 40 countries about perceptions of pay gaps between rich and poor. In every country, respondents underestimated the size of the gap between CEO and average worker pay.

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View from Central Park

Four Species, two complaints

With Sukkot upon us it’s time for the Four Species. In Jewish communities around the world, especially in Israel, and specifically in Jerusalem, there are hundreds of booths selling the Four Species. There is a fragrance in the air: fresh cut wood and the citrusy etrog. Heaven! In search of the perfect etrog, people are scrutinizing etrogim with eagle eyes. Like a baby swaddled and cradled, the etrog is wrapped in silky and golden gossamer flaxen threads. Along with the building of the sukka...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:09 )

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View From Denver

The loneliness of Moses’ death was not unique

The loneliness of Moses’ death was not uniqueAT the end of the Torah Moses dies. His time had come. It’s that simple. The Torah records, “his eye had not dimmed and his vigor had not diminished” (34:7). Moses did not die of illness or incapacity. He reached 120 years, his task in life was finished, and he died.
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View from Central Park

An ironic thank you

It seems like the SodaStream controversy has barely died down when Israel faces another culinary BDS threat. Only this time the source is from the inside. So far. Shamir Salads — you’ve probably passed the brand in the refrigerator section of a market here or there, identified by its signature green leaf-red tomato graphic icon — is being tossed about now as the evil factory in question. All those divine salads of the Middle East, such as hummus, baba-genouj and Matboucha (a Turkish pepp...
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Reflections

The mitzvah of giving to others

WHEN I was growing up, money meant AUTHORITY. Dad made the money so he also made the decisions. Our family lived by the Golden Rule: He who has the gold, rules. We were told at an early age that it wasn’t “polite” to talk about money, but it sure seemed to be the subtext of most conversations. What things cost, rising inflation, salaries, who drove what type of car, where people shopped and where to get the best deal were dinner table topics served along with the meatloaf and potatoes. ...
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JTA News

Exploring Israel’s ‘ethnic’ cuisine

Gabe Friedman A new book aimed at English-speaking tourists offers a look into Israel’s diverse food culture. ... [Link]

Some Argentine Jews aim to revoke foreign minister’s AMIA membership

Gabe Friedman Hector Timerman’s role in brokering the widely criticized pact with Iran to jointly investigate the deadly 1994 bombing at the Buenos Aires Jewish center is cited. ... [Link]

Rivlin in U.N. address stands up for Islam

Gabe Friedman The Israeli president told the General Assembly that Muslims are also victims of persecution and of terrorism. ... [Link]

Nisman colleague explains lending gun to slain prosecutor

mbrodsky An employee in the Buenos Aires prosecutor’s office who has been charged for lending a pistol to Alberto Nisman said the slain prosecutor asked him for a gun. ... [Link]

Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

Julie Wiener An award-winning actor’s announcement adds a Grey stripe to the rainbow flag. ... [Link]

Zeldin seeks assurances on Karachi cemetery

Ron Kampeas The New York congressman wrote Pakistan’s U.S. ambassador following a British newspaper report describing efforts to take over the land. ... [Link]

GOP trip to Israel funded by ‘hate group,’ Southern Poverty Law Center says

Ben Sales The center’s president said the nine-day tour by 60 Republican National Committee members would legitimize the funding group’s extremism. ... [Link]

Lew: French Jews want to stay in France

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Treasury secretary made his remarks after meeting with the Jewish community’s leadership in Paris in the wake of the terrorist attacks there. ... [Link]

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