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’Twas the Day After Christmas . . . ’Twas the Day After Christmas . . .
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Ethan Schwartz | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Joshua Eli Plaut’s new book, A Kosher Christmas: ’Tis the Season to Be Jewish, fails to recognize that in subverting Christmas, American Jews have promoted their own assimilation.
At Last, Zion At Last, Zion
Friday, September 21, 2012 by Charles Krauthammer | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Milan Kundera once defined a small nation as "one whose very existence may be put in question at any moment; a small nation can disappear, and it knows it."  Israel is a small country. This is not to say that extinction is its fate. Only that it can be.
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Directionless Diaspora Isi Leibler, Israel Hayom. As many European and American Jewish institutions become increasingly irrelevant, decrepit, and oligarchic, Diaspora Jewry is facing a serious crisis of leadership.
Praying for a Posek ha-Dor Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Jewish Ideas and Ideals. “To be a posek means to be a person of unprecedented courage. A person willing to initiate a spiritual storm which will shake up the whole of the Jewish community.”
The Genetic Map of the Jewish African Diaspora Sharon Begley, Reuters. Genome-wide analysis of Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Djerban, and Libyan Jews demonstrates a shared genetic history and supports the historical record of the Sephardic world.
Judaism Redivivus , Economist. The Economist declares Judaism “alive and well” in a seven-part special report, covering demographics, Diaspora life, Chabad, politics and pluralism in Israel, ideology, and nationhood.
Launching Yiddish Farm Ezra Glinter, Forward. Some 50 miles northwest of Manhattan, two men aim to create an immersive Yiddish environment that is also a model of sustainable agriculture.  (With video)