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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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After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough

Ben Sales A string of violent attacks has prompted a broad spectrum of Israelis to call for more aggressive action against Jewish terrorism. ... [Link]

Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

Marcy Oster Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told the hundreds of vigil participants, “do not be afraid to be who you are.” ... [Link]

Jewish suspects in deadly firebombing can be held without charges

Marcy Oster Israel’s security Cabinet allows administrative detention, a measure to prevent terrorism, in an attack that killed a baby boy. ... [Link]

Massive Jerusalem fire brought under control amid heatwave

Marcy Oster Some 30 firefighting teams and at least four airplanes battled the blaze, which led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. ... [Link]

2 observant Jews sue N.Y. apartment building over electronic keys

Marcy Oster The men filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging religious discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. ... [Link]

16-year-old girl stabbed at Jerusalem pride parade dies of wounds

Marcy Oster Yishai Schlissel, a haredi Orthodox man from the West Bank, is in police custody. He was found psychologically fit to stand trial after allegedly stabbing six marchers. ... [Link]

Israeli lawmaker calls gay pride parade an ‘abomination march’

Marcy Oster Jewish Home’s Betzalel Smotrich also said: “I object vehemently to violence, and promise to object no less vehemently to the recognition of same-sex couples in the Jewish State.” ... [Link]

Rivlin’s security force files police complaint following threats

Marcy Oster Threats on social media include a call for Rivlin’s assassination and a photo showing the president wearing a black-and-white-checkered kaffiyah. ... [Link]

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