A Celebration of the Enduring Power of Jewish Learning at the Meadowlands Stadium

On Wednesday, Jews the world over celebrated the conclusion of the seven-year cycle of Talmud study known as daf yomi [“daily page”]. Begun by the Polish rabbi Meir Shapiro in 1923, the regimen involves the study of a single folio page of the Babylonian Talmud every day on a fixed schedule. The editors of the New York Sun write:

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More about: American Judaism, Anti-Semitism, Judaism, Orthodoxy, Talmud

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror