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January 11, 2010

Jan. 11: Gush Evacuees Waiting, Dowd and the Rabbi, Pacquaio’s Fear of Foreman

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Gush evacuees still waiting for permanent homes

Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, seen here outside their temporary home in Nitzan, are still waiting to move into their home in the new community of Bnei Dekalim.
Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, seen here outside their temporary home in Nitzan, are still waiting to move into their home in the new community of Bnei Dekalim. (Ben Harris)
More than four years since the August 2005 removal of some 9,000 Israelis from Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, the national trauma of the forced evacuation is firmly in the past. But for the majority of evacuees, who still do not live in permanent homes, the trauma has not ended. Read more »

Dowd’s evening in L.A. with the rabbi

Acerbic New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd proved to be in a fairly mellow mood during an extended give-and-take with Rabbi David Wolpe at a Los Angeles synagogue on presidents and gender roles. Read more »

Op-Ed: Birthright Israel NEXT continuing Jewish journey for young adults

In 2010, Birthright Israel NEXT is on target to stimulate the engagement of more than 100,000 young Jewish adults through an array of meaningful post-trip experiences, writes the organization’s new chairman. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

Obama’s first year in the Mideast (Foreign Policy, Washington Post)

Aaron David Miller and Jackson Diehl consider the hard lessons of President Obama’s first year of Middle East peacemaking.

Siegman: Israel = apartheid (The Nation)

In an essay in The Nation, Henry Siegman, a one-time leader of the American Jewish Congress who jumped to the think-tank world, plays the apartheid card against Israel.

Spanking Stephen Walt

JTA’s Ron Kampeas gives a piece of his mind to the Walter side of Mearsheimer and Walt.

Who’s afraid of Yuri Foreman? Pacquiao!

Manny Pacquiao, considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter today, decided against taking on Orthodox Jewish boxing sensation Yuri Foreman.

The Jews of Saratoga Springs

The story of a daughter taking over her 100-year-old mother’s everyday needs — and her drive to record the history of the Jews of Saratoga Springs.

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