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Conservative Lens

‘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.”

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 )

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 )

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 ...
View from Central Park


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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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Einstein once kept kosher, and 7 other Jewish facts for relativity’s 100th b-day

Gabe Friedman The famed physicist believed in Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s God and raised money for the Jewish state, despite reservations. ... [Link]

Nachum Segal promoting Jewish unity with Hanukkah show in Paris

Jas Chana The “JM in the AM” host will then emcee a musical performance titled “Let There Be Light: The Concert of Jewish Unity” at the Grand Synagogue of Paris. ... [Link]

For Jewish groups, Syrian refugees are a reminder — not a threat

Ron Kampeas American Jewish leaders can’t help but recall Jewish refugees in the 1930s when they consider Syrians seeking safe haven stateside. ... [Link]

JCC camp counselor accused of child porn released on bond

Julie Wiener Matthew Kuppe, 21, is not dangerous and deserves to be presumed innocent, a federal judge said. ... [Link]

N. Carolina Jewish day school threat prompts closing, FBI investigation

Julie Wiener B’nai Shalom Day School in Greensboro received a letter containing racial epithets and threats of violence. ... [Link]

Mass. state senators under fire for upcoming Israel trip

Marcy Oster A pro-Palestinian coalition says the 10-day trip organized by the Boston-area JCRC is a tacit endorsement of Israel’s settlement-building policies and human rights violations. ... [Link]

Amazon removing Nazi-symbol ads on NY subways for new TV show

Andrew Tobin New York’s mayor called the ads “irresponsible and offensive” and encouraged the company to remove them. ... [Link]

Israel’s Supreme Court upholds transgender activist’s cremation plan

Julie Wiener The court rejected an appeal filed by May Peleg’s haredi Orthodox family to stop the cremation stipulated in her will. ... [Link]

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