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Et Tu, Gideon?

“The Likud is a family, and you do not betray your family.” So tweets the party spokesperson to a member who dared to say that PM Netanyahu should resign. Loyalty is a personal virtue; but is it also a political virtue?

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Fear and Firer

Controversy ignites over a benefit concert for an ultra-Orthodox-run NGO that helps people navigate Israel’s health care system. What should we make of it?

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Politics by Other Means

We hate to even ask, but: Is it possible that Israel’s recent skirmish with the rocket-firing Islamic Jihad in Gaza was timed for PM Netanyahu’s political purposes?

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Going, Going, Gantz!

Blue-and-White head Benny Gantz failed to form the “secular, Liberal, national-unity government” he sought. Did we dodge a bullet?

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Three Opinions?

The divide between Jewish Zionists and Jewish anti-Zionists pits children against their folks, students against their teachers. What should we make of it?

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Two Centers?

For long generations, American Jews have tried to leave their mark on the Jews of Israel, and the Jews of Israel have tried to leave their mark on American Jewry. What’s all that effort add up to? Have we, in fact, influenced one another much at all and, if so, how?

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One People?

Some of our smartest cogitators – Rabbis, scholars, writers, organizers and activists – draft a “Declaration of Our Common Destiny”: a sort of constitution of the Jewish People, by the Jewish People, and for the Jewish People. Is this a good thing?

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The Letter

A letter by a kid murdered in Auschwitz goes up for auction in Israel, and anguish ensues. Who, if anyone, has the right to own (and sell) Holocaustiana?

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Workers of the World, Privatize!

A union head pushing to privatize the government-owned company he works for? Should labor be clamoring for their shops to be bought by capitalists who grease the sprockets of their profit-making machines with the blood of the workers?

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