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U.S.-Israel Tensions Now Hitting Pulpits

N.Y. area rabbis, some feeling ‘forced,’ wading into rocky political waters; anxiety seen in pews.

04/20/2010
Staff Writer

As the strain in U.S.-Israel relations continues, some area rabbis who generally don’t mix religion and politics on the pulpit are setting aside those constraints.

“People were asking me and my hand was sort of forced,” said Rabbi Perry Rank, spiritual leader of the Midway Jewish Center, a Conservative synagogue in Syosset, L.I. “My sense is that Mr. [Barack] Obama has unnerved the American Jewish community and people are looking for a perspective on the issue.

Rabbis Andrew Bachman and Perry Rank: Taking to pulpit, with differing views of Obama’s policies.

Family Feud, Kabul Style

In every age and throughout every attempt to annihilate the Jewish people, what the Prophet Isaiah called the “saving remnant” has kept Judaism alive. Now comes Seth Rozin’s new comedy at the New Jersey Rep,

12/09/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

In every age and throughout every attempt to annihilate the Jewish people, what the Prophet Isaiah called the “saving remnant” has kept Judaism alive. Now comes Seth Rozin’s new comedy at the New Jersey Rep, “Two Jews Walk Into a War...,” in which the two last Jews in Afghanistan, members of a community that was almost destroyed during the Soviet invasion and the subsequent rise of the Taliban, need to work through mutual animosity to preserve the Jewish heritage.

Hail To The Uzbeki Chief

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
What does a Brooklyn yeshiva have to do with the president of Uzbekistan? Plenty, if you ask Pearl Kaufman, executive director of Be’er Hagolah Yeshiva, an oasis of Jewish learning for 1,000 kids from the former Soviet Union, located just off the Belt Parkway in the Starrett City section. Be’er Hagolah, Hebrew for “well in the diaspora,” planned to give President Islam Karimov its “international leader award” at a gala Plaza Hotel reception Wednesday night.

Progressive Jewish disillusionment with Obama

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 If you’re looking for graphic examples of how some on the left have soured on President Obama, check out this from the Shalom Center’s Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Waskow offers up a “future history” of Campaign 2012, in which the election of Sarah Palin sparks massive demonstrations and “unprecedented movements of US Army troops” in Washington to counter the protesters. Whoa.

Bhutto And The Jews: A Love Story

01/02/2008

Editor At Large
As Pakistan’s prime minister in the mid-1990s, Benazir Bhutto sponsored the fundamentalist Taliban insurgency in neighboring Afghanistan — thereby bringing to power the force that would shelter and defend Osama bin Laden. Bhutto also unstintingly backed Pakistan’s covert nuclear weapons program as a response to the program of arch-rival India, including her country’s decision, while she was opposition leader, to conduct Pakistan’s first nuclear bomb tests in 1998, bringing to fruition the world’s first "Islamic bomb."

Remember Who Died, Remember Who Did It

Friday, September 11th, 2009 Here’s something from JINSA (The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) regarding 9-11 memorials, and what is all-too-often going unspoken by politicians. But what American politicians are too politically correct to say is, in fact, being said in the Arab media, as in this column from Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.   And in memory of those who died, here’s something from The Jewish Week archives (9/8/06):

Will the Afghanistan mess affect Obama’s Middle East plans?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 It’s a conceit of the organized Jewish community: we somehow believe that every time administration foreign policy officials sit down at the White House, Topic A is the Israeli-Arab conflict.  
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