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09/07/2016 - 09:26 | Editorial

Last week’s Between The Lines column, “Anatomy Of A Takedown,” about a rabbi whose decision to consider including a stop at the grave of Yasir Arafat on an interfaith mission to Israel next summer, prompted sharply differing reactions. Not so much about the decision itself, widely seen as ill-advised. Mostly it was about those who condemned the rabbi, calling for his resignation and vilifying him as an enemy of the Jewish people and supporter of terrorists, and those who decried the critics — most of whom had never met or spoken to the rabbi — for character assassination.

08/31/2016 - 00:16 | Editorial

Esther Jungreis was ahead of her time. A devoutly Orthodox woman, she took on the traditional role rabbis have held for centuries, encouraging countless numbers of Jews to appreciate their religion as a precious gift.

08/23/2016 - 23:47 | Editorial

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s minister of defense, appears to have changed the implicit rules of combat with Hamas this week.

08/23/2016 - 23:47 | Editorial

For all of Israel’s political and diplomatic efforts to bolster its image around the world, a 10-second encounter at the Olympic Games in Rio between an Israeli judo champion and his defeated Egyptian rival brought home the message of ongoing Arab bias against the Jewish state to millions of viewers in a most powerful way.

08/16/2016 - 22:08 | Editorial

The shocking daytime murder of an imam and his assistant near the mosque where they prayed in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens last weekend was a tragedy for all New Yorkers, and deepened the fear of bias many American Muslims have in these days of political unrest.

08/16/2016 - 22:07 | Editorial

It was the most terrifying four days and nights in American Jewish history, reminiscent of Old World pogroms with nights pierced by shouts of “Kill the Jews” and “Heil Hitler”; roving mobs in Crown Heights throwing stones at Jews; police standing passively; gangs breaking into homes with mezuzahs while Jews hid in closets. One Jew was murdered; others beaten to a pulp; an Israeli flag was burned.