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editorial
The Jewish Agency after Sharansky
The day before Natan Sharansky was appointed to a second term as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel in 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the former Soviet political priso...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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The need to move forward
Last week’s presidential election revealed not so much a nation divided, as it did a society whose residents inhabit two very different realities — with the apparent inability of those who live in ...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pushing back at the Wall
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was critical of American Jewish community leaders who were involved in staging a march to the Kotel, or Western Wall, on Nov. 2 as part of a protest to res...
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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A return to civility
Americans used to talk about election-related violence and contested balloting in other countries with a degree of smugness, confident that it couldn’t happen here. Not anymore. This year’s preside...
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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UNESCO cannot change history
There was at least one piece of good news after votes by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, over the last two weeks that effectively denied the Jewish ...
Oct 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preparing the people for peace
When President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia won the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 7, his country had just narrowly voted to reject the peace treaty he had negotiated to end a half-century of civil wa...
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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opinion
RCA must stand behind the conversions performed by its members
Let us begin with the facts: Converts whose conversions were conducted according to halachah, or Jewish law, are 100 percent Jewish. In the eyes of God and Torah, they are full Jews, just as Jewish...
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dreaming of health care
Despite reports that the Affordable Care Act is in danger of being obliterated after the election, enrollment in the health insurance marketplace reopened Nov. 1 to high demand, with more than 100,...
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Relentless collaboration a hallmark of effort to repair a fractured world
As fall turns to winter, I am increasingly aware of the importance of service organizations’ role in effecting social change. As American Jews were celebrating the New Year on Rosh Hashanah and ack...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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The illiberal world of Stephen Bannon
In considering the furor around President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon, the CEO of the hard-right news website Breitbart, as his chief strategist, let’s start with the pe...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Making sense of an historic election
Like so many, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Donald Trump’s victory. And like so many, I thought Hillary Clinton was a horribly flawed candidate. She was running in an election where “popu...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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When the ‘emperor’ has clothes
A week after an historic election, we are witnessing an historic epidemic of mass hysteria. Shock, surprise and dark anger abound. Houses and condos are going up for sale in California as Californi...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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A milestone anniversary for Sivitz Jewish Hospice
Former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom Jonathan Sacks has written that there is no Hebrew word for “optimism.” But we do have a word for “hope.” He explains that optimism is passive. It is merely...
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Mission accomplished?
Mar 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Had President Obama gone to the Middle East last week to restart direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, his mission would have to be labeled a failure. But that’s not why he went. ...
Bibi or Obama right about energy?
Mar 20, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama has said, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” Jeffrey Goldberg reports. With the president visiting Israel, the time seems right to assess Obama’s perception. Doe...
Bibi, Francis and us
Mar 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The Vatican has a new pope. Israel has the same prime minister, but with a different cabinet. And the question American Jews are left to ask is, how will these changes affect us? Answer: Not much, ...
Passover Jews vs. Purim Jews: The agony of our dilemma
by Yossi Klein Halevi
Mar 15, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — As I travel through North American Jewish communities, on a lecture tour about Israeli society in the aftermath of the elections, I sometimes feel as though I am in a time warp. Visitin...
Disturbing questions
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The statements of Egyptian human rights activist Samira Ibrahim and Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Mohamed Tawfik point up a dangerous dichotomy facing Israel and her neighbor to the sout...
Dinner in Zalafi reflects human side of Arab-Israeli conflict
by Asher Wiseman
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
KIBBUTZ KFAR RUPPIN, Israel — The detention and subsequent death of Arafat Jaradat Feb. 23 sparked a wave of Palestinian protests criticizing the methods of Israeli occupation. Jaradat, an obscure ...
Campus Jewish groups preach education over confrontation
by Gary Rosenblatt
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — There is a crisis regarding perceptions of Israel on college campuses today. But it’s probably not the one you think it is. Many adults believe the acute dilemma is the number and level ...
War on bullying, part 2
Mar 07, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Two weeks ago, we published an editorial calling for a war on bullying in the Jewish community. We wrote that opinion in response to a program on bullying put on by the Agency for Jewish Learning. ...
Ambassador’s visit highlighted continuing conflicts in Sudan, Saharan Africa
by David Rosenberg, Guest Columnist
Mar 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
When the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Princeton Lyman, visited Pittsburgh this week, he met with members of the Sudanese community and activists from the Pittsburgh Darf...
Conversion, free worship in Israel both need reforms
by Rabbi Alvin Berkun, Guest Columnist
Mar 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Recently, I participated in a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Rabbinic Cabinet mission to Kiev and Israel. Its purpose was to better our understanding of the work of the Jewish Joint Dis...