Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization

Jews Bitterly Divided On Iran

Deal seen bringing peace or disaster.

07/28/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

It was the most haunted time of the Jewish year, the “Three Weeks” leading to Tisha B’Av, when Jerusalem’s walls crumbled, kingdoms fell, exile began, and clocks strike thirteen. “One of the ways God speaks is by way of the calendar, both for good and bad,” Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a Yeshiva University Talmud professor, tells us by phone. It was the time of the Inquisition, Germany’s entry into the First World War (a defeat that is linked to Germany’s precipitating World War II and the Shoah), and the disengagement from Gaza, leading to thousands of rockets and two wars. The changing deadline dates of the Iran deal blew like leaves through a graveyard, from last year’s July to November, to this April, June, and then July 14.

Thousands of protestors gathered in Times Square on to voice their concerns at the Stop Iran rally. Michael Datikash/JW

American Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder Of Arab Teen

07/07/2014 - 20:00

The murder of a Palestinian teenager allegedly by Jewish extremists has drawn widespread condemnations from across the ideological spectrum of the organized Jewish world.

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