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  • Who Are the Luckiest Jews, Blacks and Latinos?

    At The City College of New York in the late 1930s, my father, an Orthodox Jew, wrote his senior class thesis on anti-Semitism in America. He delineated common realities of the era, such as Jews' admission to law firms, country clubs and colleges being denied or restricted, and various other…

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  • Who Are the Luckiest Jews, Blacks and Latinos?

    At The City College of New York in the late 1930s, my father, an Orthodox Jew, wrote his senior class thesis on anti-Semitism in America. He delineated common realities of the era, such as Jews' admission to law firms, country clubs and colleges being denied or restricted, and various other…

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  • Why Christians Support Israel

    They believe in supporting American allies and supporting countries that share their moral values. In speeches to fellow Jews around America, I often point out that many American Jews are experiencing cognitive dissonance. The institution Jews most admire — the university — turns out to be the most significant source…

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  • Hollywood’s Glaring Hypocrisy

    Hollywood’s Glaring Hypocrisy

    Hollywood hypocrisy has never looked more glaring. Leaders of the entertainment industry angrily condemn guns, even while their films and TV shows glorify gun violence and fetishize firearms. Meanwhile, producers and stars vehemently denounce exploitative sexuality, at the same time that acclaimed projects center on just this sort of eroticism.…

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  • “Lessons Learned” on Oscar Night?

    “Lessons Learned” on Oscar Night?

    The over-riding message from this year's Academy Awards it was, “We've Learned Our Lesson!” Responding to the #MeToo movement and reports of erotic exploitation and sexism, presenters and Oscar winners frequently alluded to the scandal and made sanctimonious pledges to crack down on wrong-doers. After complaints in recent years about…

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  • Destroying a Gun Won’t Protect a Child

    Destroying a Gun Won’t Protect a Child

    When I was a kid, my late mother used to urge her four boys to consume whatever unappetizing vegetables we left on our plates by reminding us that, “There are starving kids in India.” I recalled those long-ago arguments when watching a well-intentioned but illogical anti-gun video that's gone viral…

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  • Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 39 States

    Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 39 States

    A new Gallup Poll offers encouragement and challenges for Republicans. In the national survey, Americans who describe themselves as “conservatives” still outnumber self-defined “liberals” by significant margins—35 percent to 26. What's more, in 39 of the 50 states, conservatives top the other side decisively. In only nine states—all of them…

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