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Don’t say thank you

Gratitude is the pinnacle of Jewish ethics. Stemming from the gratitude to G-d for one’s very existence, not to mention the benefits of life, an individual’s obligation to say thank you is more than an ethical act. It is a spiritual one, an imitation of one’s attitude toward the Creator.

How disturbing, then, that a recent copyright verdict basically tells recording artists: Don’t say thank you. Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy-winning hip hop producer, made what should be the harmless, pedestrian observation that artists are inspired by other artists, that gratitude is the name of the creative game.

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Executions and beheadings in Saudi Arabia . . . 44 in 2015

To some, it might seem xenophobic or nationalistic to utter statements delineating the stark cultural and moral differences between nations. To say, for example, that Israel and Saudi Arabia are essentially, fundamentally, different on cultural and moral scales will no doubt raise for some the specter of Islamophobia or of one religious tradition claiming superiority over another. After all, aren’t Israel and Saudi Arabia on the same page when it comes to many of the important geopolitical i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:45 )

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Lessons from Netanyahu’s speech

Not new, but newly clarified and crystallized, are these points about the Iran negotiations emerging from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress March 3: • Iran is a bad actor, with a decades-old history of terrorism against Americans, Israelis, Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Yemenis, Kurds and others. • Iran has not abided by UN resolutions or international agreements, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which it is a signator. Iran will not abide by any ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:44 )

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Deal on Iran: Ships passing in the night

Ships passing in the night. Netanyahu lays out an alternative deal. Obama says Netanyahu said nothing new. Translation: War is closer. Two ships passing in the night. Netanyahu says: The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal. Obama says: Netanyahu said nothing new. Netanyahu says: This deal has a sunset provision. It guarantees the right of Iran to build a nuclear bomb in 10 years.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:21 )

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Russia today: Cold War reawakened?

There was a time when Vladimir Putin was welcomed onto the global stage. After September 11, when the US was confronted with global terrorism, Russia’s president, having faced down homegrown terrorism in Chechnya, turned westward. Overtures toward NATO set a cooperative tone for East-West relations, further evidence at the time that the Cold War was over. Rising GDP following the economically unstable Yeltsin era solidified Putin’s popularity on the homefront. The Russian leader seemed i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:22 )

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Obama, Jewish leaders exchange concerns about distortions and attacks in Iran deal debate

Ron Kampeas Obama said the details of the deal are being distorted, critics tell the president that they resented being depicted as warmongers. ... [Link]

Portraits of strength and hope at the Maccabi Games

Gabe Friedman Ten photographs capture Jewish athletes from around the world ahead of their celebratory march into the Waldbuhne amphitheater built by Hitler for the 1936 Olympics. ... [Link]

What can Iran hide in 24 days? Answering the questions posed by the nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Supporters and opponents have their own interpretations of the agreement. Here’s a breakdown on the differences. ... [Link]

Does Israel give Jewish extremists a pass on violence against Arabs?

Uriel Heilman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel takes a strong line against terrorism whether the perpetrators are Jews or Arabs. But Israel’s record — and its president — beg to differ. ... [Link]

Gaza hosting a West Bank soccer team for first time in 15 years

Gabe Friedman Gaza sports officials claim Israel allowed the match because of international pressure. ... [Link]

Extreme heat kills Israeli soldier, sends 8 citizens to hospital

Julie Wiener The Hula Valley in the North hit 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit and the Jordan Valley reached 111.2. ... [Link]

3 top House Democrats oppose Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Reps. Ted Deutch, Nita Lowey and Steve Israel came out against the deal. Sen. Barbara Boxer added her name to those who back the agreement. ... [Link]

Kahane’s grandson, 3 other suspected Jewish terrorists to stay in administrative detention

Julie Wiener Meir Ettinger will be held without charge for at least six days in a practice used almost exclusively for Palestinian terror suspects. ... [Link]

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