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  • Reply to: Eight Ways To Build A More Inclusive Community   12 hours 56 min ago

    Thanks, Gabby, for specific suggestions which are well within the reach of all of us!

  • Reply to: Victoria's Other Secret: She Pays For Rabbinical School   3 days 6 min ago

    Except when I, an orthodox woman, attempted to apply for a Wexner fellowship to study and become a "toanit" (female rabbinical advocate) so that women are not going into religious divorce proceedings as the only woman in the room surrounded by male rabbis, ex-husband, and male sofer -- I was told by the RCA who issue 50% of the Gittin in the USA that in order to be permitted by them to represent clients in their religious court proceedings, I must first become a lawyer certified by the American Bar Assoc -- But Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, President of The Wexner Foundation refused to allow me to apply for a Wexner fellowship if that was my career goal. She refused to accept the application. Her words to be exact: "We cannot accommodate every orthodox custom." For the reform-trained Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, a GET is only a "custom," thus it's unnecessary. For women who follow halacha, when getting divorced, obtaining a GET is mandatory in order to move on. Well, the world doesn't stand on Les Wexner, I pursued my education, became a lawyer... and stopped buying products from any Wexner owned company.

  • Reply to: Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren   3 days 3 hours ago

    Toomas Ilves, the current President of Estonia, gave up his naturalized US citizenship in the early 1990s in order to serve as the Estonian ambassador to the US.

  • Reply to: Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren   3 days 21 hours ago

    The above is an example of a non sequitur.

  • Reply to: Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren   4 days 12 min ago

    The settlements are legal. That they are is confirmed by the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, as well as by the San Remo Resolution before this Mandate and the Anglo-American Convention after the Mandate. The Mandate for Palestine recognized the right of World Jewry to reconstitute their historic homeland in all of Western Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Article 6 of this Mandate reads:

    "The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes."

    Furthermore, Israel's 1994 peace treaty with Jordan gives Israel's eastern border as the middle of the Jordan River.

    When there are dozens of Arab villages in Israel within the Green Line armistice boundary, why should there not be Israeli villages in Judea and Samaria, the historic Jewish heartland? And an even better question, why should the Jewish State give any of its land to people who have been trying for years to kill Jews?