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For the new US Senate, Priority #1: Iran

On the cusp of finalizing a deal that will let Iran keep its nuclear weapons infrastructure in place, the US administration has explicitly elected to “close out” Congress from the decision.

This high-handed, weak-kneed approach of the Obama administration is among the policies soundly rejected in this week’s mid-term election that saw control of the US Senate change hands.

To be sure, the Senate will not change hands until next January, while the deadline for a deal with Iran is at the end of this month. Equally to be sure, the Obama administration will make certain to head off any moves by the Senate to have a say on the deal while it is Harry Reid & Co. who still control the Senate.

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Veterans Day, 2014

Next Tuesday we mark Veterans Day, honoring everyone who has served in the US Armed Forces. The annual Veterans Day national ceremony at Arlington Cemetery takes place at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, the moment the major hostilities of WW I officially ended in 1918. This year’s ceremonies should not remain in the realm of honorable remembrance. This year’s ceremonies should not only harken back to the past. What began this summer at the Phoenix, Arizona Veterans Health Adminis...
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Jerry Grossfeld, 1924-2014

Jerry Grossfeld kept the faith. He headed Jewish Family and Children’s Service (as JFS was then known), 1976-1989, when the nuclear Jewish family was dropping from the vision of American Jewry. Besides the intricate and intimate problems brought to his attention, his agency operated in a climate of opinion that challenged its basic presupposition: the centrality of family. Which made the job Jerry Grossfeld did all the more remarkable.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:21 )

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‘Genetically modified’ label protection a myth

It sounds simple enough: Affirm that the food one buys has not been genetically modified. Require it on the nutrition label, right alongside the counts for cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, etc. This is anything but simple. Counterintuitively, in fact, a GMO label will likely achieve the opposite of its purpose. How so? Right now, organic foods that are produced with every effort not to introduce genetically modified seeds or ingredients affirm the GMO-free process of production. What the GMO...
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Vote!

If you’re feeling like a zombie lately, don’t worry: It probably has nothing to do with the TV hit “The Walking Dead” or the macabre season that culminates at October’s twilight. More likely it stems from the fact that this year’s political campaigns have, even more than previous elections, treated us as if we’re brainless automatons, wandering aimlessly in the political wilderness, unable to think beyond one-dimensional slogans or childish name-calling. Without doubt, this campa...
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Netanyahu: No Iran agreement is preferable to bad one

Marcy Oster U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday night briefed Netanyahu on the current world power nuclear talks with Iran, which have a Monday deadline, ... [Link]

Palestinian man approaching Gaza fence shot by IDF troops

Marcy Oster It is the first Gazan Palestinian to be killed by Israeli bullets since the Israel’s 50-day operation in Gaza last summer. ... [Link]

Palestinian officials say home in West Bank torched by settlers

Marcy Oster “Death to Arabs” and “vengeance” also was spray painted on the house. ... [Link]

Yemen minister dedicates award to country’s Jews

Anthony Weiss Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Sara K. Greenberg Corporations and universities should not lend mainstream legitimacy to such a radical and odious movement as BDS. ... [Link]

And the only state without a Chabad is…

Julie Wiener As of this year, Chabad-Lubavitch — hosting its annual gathering this weekend in New York — has a permanent presence in 49 states. So which one is the holdout? ... [Link]

Several injured in West Bank clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz A soldier and several Palestinians were wounded in Friday riots across the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Cnaan Liphshiz A stabbing attack, which the victims said was committed by Arabs, happened outside an eastern Jerusalem yeshiva. ... [Link]

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