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  • August 20, 2006

    Iran's Caricature of a Contest

    Los Angeles Times

    IN CASE you haven't noticed, the season for global Holocaust contests is drawing to an end. In January, Oprah Winfrey sponsored a national high school contest that attracted 50,000 student essays on the contemporary relevance of Elie Wiesel's memoir "Night." I was a judge. In late May, the 50 winners appeared on "Oprah" to receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

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  • August 9, 2006

    Red State Jews

    Wall Street Journal

    This is a soul-searching moment for the Jewish left. Actually, for many Jewish liberals, navigating the gloomy politics of the Middle East is like walking with two left feet.

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  • August 1, 2006

    Passion of Mel Gibson: The Acting

    New York Sun

    Sometimes an actor is not acting. Take, for example, Mel Gibson's recent public behavior and a good many of his films. The performance comes across as seamless mainly because he was never performing. We just happen to be watching someone acting naturally.

    There is no particular theatrical style at work. What we see on screen is not a fictional portrayal but a self-portrait. In the case of Mr. Gibson, we can now finally conclude that Mad Max was never Max. He was always Mel. There was never any method to his madness.

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