The American “oath of allegiance” demands that a new citizen promise to “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and ends with “so help me God.” New Canadians have to swear “to be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors.” Norwegian immigrants have to pledge to “support democracy and human rights.”25
Haredi Jews should vote according to their values, not their pocketbooks, thundered ultra-Orthodox political gadfly Rabbi Yehuda Levin in a fiery Brooklyn speech October 10 in support of New York Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino.
On September 25, a day after J Street, the dovish Israel lobby he helped found, was revealed to be funded by George Soros, Jeremy Ben-Ami convened a conference call with members of his group’s board.3
Donald Trump is on pace to destroy the Republican Party as we know it. His demagogic rise has sparked equal parts anger and glee among some of his opponents, but Jane Eisner writes it’s terrible news for the Jews — and a big blow to Israel.
When the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, it was seen as the main vehicle for ending racial discrimination against African Americans. Now, two Jewish lawmakers are trying to amend the law, in order to have it include protection for Jewish students on college campuses. In the process, they are taking on a heavy historical question: Are the Jews of America part of a religion, or are they an ethnic group?
By the time Rick Sanchez, now a former CNN anchor, made his remarks about Jews controlling the media, there was a well-established process for how to deal with these types of situations. Within 24 hours, he was summarily fired, with a curt thank-you for his service to the network.
Holocaust survivors denouncing the Jewish establishment would be a spectacle in almost any venue — and all the more so when it is under the bright lights of a congressional hearing.
For the left wing of the American political spectrum, George Soros is one of the great patrons of progressive causes. For those on the right, he is the man who lavished money on insurgent groups like MoveOn.org, and called defeating George W. Bush a “matter of life and death” — in other words, a symbol of all that’s wrong on the political scene.23
Some investors in the hedge funds managed by J. Ezra Merkin that were decimated in Bernard Madoff’s massive investment fraud could get money back in the next few months.
How should Jews respond to an angry movement whose candidates include full-throated supporters of Israeli West Bank settlements; others who would end foreign aid, including to Israel; one who excoriates church-state separation as a Nazi invention, and others who urge setting aside such divisive social issues to focus on fiscal conservatism and radical government cutbacks?
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