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Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel” by Francine Klagsbrun

(Schocken, hardcover, Oct. 10, 2017)

Whenever a special revealing work is published, the publishers often use the word, “unexpurgated — complete and containing original material.” The publishers of “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel” did not choose that word but instead called it “the definitive biography on Golda Meir … a beautiful portrait of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel and one of the most notable women of our time.

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NEW YORK — This past Veterans Day, as I reflected on the bravery of those who served our country, I also thought about the number of charities that purport to help our heroes. Did you know that there are more than 40,000 separate charities that help veterans? While the vast majority of charities out there are doing important work, periodically one reads in the news about scams where people with good intentions make gifts to poorly run or fraudulent organizations. As we enter the busy year-end giving season, it’s important to know how to research and evaluate charitable organizations.

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Sexual harassment is everyone’s problem

Though two other readers responded to Rabbi Rosenberg’s letter (“Sexual harassment discussions become unruly,” Nov. 2), I felt a need to respond as well. Rabbi Rosenberg wrote in his last paragraph, “I hope women will learn self-defense and legally carry whatever they need to defend themselves.”

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Dangerous claim

In his letter to the editor, “Sexual harassment discussions become unruly,” (Nov. 2) Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg claims that “men become aroused by what they see and it is their nature to often act out.” I strongly disagree with this dangerous claim, but for argument’s sake, let’s imagine that even if true, it is also in men’s human nature to exhibit self-control as human beings and community members.

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Let’s fight anti-Semitism together

I am responding to the letter published last week (“One-sided blind opposition,” Oct. 12, 2017), by Sam Devinki. As I know Sam to be a strong supporter of the Jewish people and is involved in Jewish community organizations that are the proponents of our people, I write this as a person that appreciates his positive activity and wants him to be aware of some facts that are perhaps unknown to him.

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“The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher” by Gary Wasserman. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2017) 

In 2006, Gary Wasserman accepted a professorial position teaching American political science at a campus of Georgetown University that was just opening in Doha, the capital city of Qatar on the Persian Gulf.

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Sexual harassment discussions becoming unruly

For me the straw that broke the camel’s back regarding sexual molestation accusations was the article published Monday, Oct. 23, on a website accusing Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, of fondling the article’s author during a Jewish fundraising dinner in 1989. The accusations were then repeated by a number of reputable news organizations.

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