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Review of “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“Not in God’s Name:  Confronting Religious Violence” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Review & Commentary by Yoel Magid “The Encyclopedia of War” surveys over 1800 conflicts and finds that less than 10% had any religious component.   Stalin and Mao and …

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RISE: A NOVEL OF CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL

This review originally appeared in ESRA Magazine.Times are tough. A country that was established on socialist economic principles and an uncompromisingly egalitarian social structure has one of the widest gaps between rich and poor in the industrialized world. Twenty super-rich …

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Zionism / What are we doing here?

The Accidental Zionist: What a Priest, a Pornographer and a Wrestler Named Chainsaw Taught Me about being Jewish, Saving the World and Why Israel Matters to Both,

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Transforming America’s Israel Lobby

Barely a week after Benjamin Netanyahu had his first meeting as Prime Minister with Barack Obama, the two are squaring off publicly over the issue of “natural growth” in West Bank settlements. One of the more interesting circumstances about this …

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Wake Up and Smell the Planet

WHAT DO WE DO NOW? Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day by Grist.com Mountaineers Books, 175 pages, $15 (paperback) Ready, Set, Green: Eight Weeks to Modern Eco-Living by Graham Hill and …

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Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States

In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways …

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Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic

“Takeyh asserts that Americans have grossly misunderstood the complex realities of Iranian political life. As opposed to the image frequently shown in America—a monolithic government controlled by clerical fanatics—Takeyh presents a far more nuanced picture. Despite the recent electoral triumphs …

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Lords of the Land: The War for Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007

Lords of the Landtells the tragic story of Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the aftermath of the 1967 war and Israel’s devastating victory over its Arab neighbors, catastrophe struck both the soul and psyche of …

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Origins of Democratic Socialism in Israel: Foundations and Leadership

The Origins of Democratic Socialism in Israel: Foundations and Leadership, covers the Socialist-Zionist history of Israel, with a focus on  communal organizations in the pioneering settlement waves of Israel, as well as other significant, related topics. The book addresses the …

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A Woman in Jerusalem

Too often we find ourselves forced to reconcile our humanity with our actions. One might even regard this predicament – the need to atone for our inhumanities – as one of Israel’s steepest hurdles in its path towards peace. In …

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