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Did 2014 Suck?

I'd like your opinions on this.

Around New Year's I noticed a lot of people sending off 2014 with various comments to the effect that 2014 was a disappointing or rough or terrible year and that they were excited to move on to 2015. I think there's some element of dissing the out-going year to get pumped for the new one. There's some element of tradition to that. But this seemed like a lot more than that. And I'm still seeing people say stuff like this. I know, not a scientific survey. But it seems like more than random noise.

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More on The Future of French Jewry

I had a lot of responses to my post on Friday about whether French Jewry has a future, many of them highly spirited. One point that isn't widely appreciated in the US is that France's Jewish population is not only - actually not primarily - the descendants of France's historic Jewish population, those who survived the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. A majority of Jews in France are post-World War II immigrants from North Africa (and their descendants), specifically France's former North African empire. So, it's some level of irony, that people on both sides of this crisis - French Jews and French Muslims of North African descent - are both in the country in a significant degree as part of the aftermath of the collapse of the French Empire in North Africa. In any case, among the many responses was this email from TPM Reader ES, a longtime reader and frequent correspondent of mine. For a bit of context, in the email ES identifies himself as a French Jew. I believe he is at least a longterm resident of the US and possibly a US citizen ...

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The Uninvited Guest

An interesting backstory to Benjamin Netanyahu’s very prominent presence at the solidarity rally in Paris over the weekend. It turns out that President Hollande initially sent a back channel message asking Netanyahu not to attend. And, to my surprise, Netanyahu complied. The Shin Bet wasn’t crazy, it seems, about the security challenges in any case. So Netanyahu agreed. At least at first.

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Thank You

I wanted to talk a moment to thank all of our TPM Prime members who are re-upping for another year with us. (Subscriptions are annual and come up throughout the year. But our original 'Launch Members' are coming up for renewal over the course of this month.) Prime and your subscription dollars are a key, critical part of what makes TPM possible. There are obviously lots of cool features to Prime - special longform articles, dramatically fewer ads, special site navigation features, The Hive, and more. But I know many of our members mainly subscribe as a way to support TPM. And I just wanted to say, that means the world to us. To me, and to our whole team.

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