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US Muslims likely outnumber US Jews

“Muslims to overtake American Jews by 2050” reads a headline, summarizing a recent Pew study. Pew counts 5.7 million American Jews and 2.75 million American Muslims.

The study is misleading in the extreme. It is likely that American Muslims already outnumber American Jews. This is  because the Pew study counts as Jews those who self-identify as Jewish when asked their religion. Under the Pew study, the answer to the question “who is a Jew” is entirely subjective. A Jew becomes anyone who says he or she is a Jew. This method of Jewish demography counts —

• People who have no connection to any Jewish religious or secular institution, cause or family;

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 08:56 )

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Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover PASSOVER EDITION 5775 SECTION C PAGE 24 Every year the IJN salutes people — known or obscure — who bring freedom into our lives. Passover, with its message of gratitude to G-d for our freedom, is the appropriate moment to say thank you. Sid Shafner: Liberator Sid Shafner, who at 93 is as mentally sharp as a razor, can recount every harrowing incident he endured in WW II. The Philadelphia native signed up for the US Army right after Pearl Harbor. Like all American soldiers,  Shafner des...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:21 )

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The crisis in US-Israel relations

It is time for cooler heads. Tighter tongues. Longer-range perspectives. After Simeon and Levi smote the residents of Schechem, who raped their sister Dinah, father Jacob comments: “You have made me stink among the inhabitants of the land . . . I am few in number and should they band together and attack me, I will be annihilated . . . ” (Genesis 34:30). You have made me stink. This came to mind in the aftermath of the bald comments by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, minus any co...
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Murder charge for slicing out a fetus

The brutal attack in Longmont, Colorado, on an obviously pregnant woman that left her hospitalized and her fetus dead, raises once again a question that American society continues to grapple with: When does a fetus become a baby? With technology and medicine rapidly advancing, fetuses that would once have died at childbirth are now viable. The line of viability, between a fetus and a being capable of living independently, is no longer distinct.
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The message of the Israeli election

No matter how painful Israel’s economic problems may be, security still comes first. Kulanu, the new Israeli party that won 10 seats and is likely to be the linchpin in election winner Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, campaigned on economic issues. Kulanu needed to bring in former Israel ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, so that it wouldn’t be completely bereft of a foreign policy voice. Yet, Kulanu, impressive though its showing may be, did not change the fundamental Israeli r...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:46 )

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WATCH: Ad tells Chuck Schumer to tip balance in Iran talks

Andrew Tobin The Emergency Committee for Israel released a video ad calling on New Yorkers to demand Schumer “stand firm” in the talks — especially on inspections. ... [Link]

Prague’s Jewish museum launches new permanent exhibit

Marcy Oster The historic Maisel Synagogue, located in the heart of the former Jewish district, also has undergone a major renovation. ... [Link]

Ex-Hadassah chapter treasurer sentenced for theft

Marcy Oster The suburban Chicago woman was given two years probation after paying back the $21,000 she stole from the chapter during her three years as treasurer. ... [Link]

Israel closes borders with Egypt, Gaza after deadly Sinai ISIS attacks

Marcy Oster The checkpoints had come under attack by terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State using pickup trucks equipped with antiaircraft guns. ... [Link]

Israel, top Latin American bank sign pact for R&D, trade

Marcy Oster Inter-American Development Bank, the largest investment authority in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands, annually funds some $12 billion in projects. ... [Link]

Hollande: Paris center answers doubts on French Jewry’s future

Cnaan Liphshiz The French president offered a possible rebuke of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for emigration while honoring the president of the European Jewish Congress. ... [Link]

Polish web surfers decry post of offensive photo of Majdanek

Marcy Oster The Ukrainian teen who posted the photo on Facebook apologized to Poles who felt offended, but could be facing charges in Lublin. ... [Link]

United Church of Christ to divest from companies working in West Bank

Ron Kampeas The Episcopal and Mennonite churches are considering similar measures this week. ... [Link]

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