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Editorial & Opinion | Editorial

06/08/2016 - 08:26 | Editorial

How sad and ironic that on the eve of Shavuot, the festival celebrating God’s eternal gift of the Torah to the Jewish people, a woman was detained at the Kotel for carrying a Torah scroll.

The police action was the first time in three years that a leader of Women of the Wall, the feminist Rosh Chodesh prayer group, was taken into custody for alleged violation of prayer restrictions for women at Judaism’s holiest site. It was another indication of backsliding by the authorities in dealing with the longstanding effort of pluralistic Jews to have more access to the site.

06/08/2016 - 08:24 | Editorial

‘If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

That was the clear message sent out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday as he ordered state agencies to divest themselves of companies and groups aligned with the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel.

05/31/2016 - 18:52 | Editorial

You can’t really solve a problem until you define it.

In Bucharest this past week, 31 countries meeting under the auspices of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance became the first international body to officially adopt a Working Definition of Anti-Semitism. The representatives, mostly from Europe, stated that “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.

05/31/2016 - 18:53 | Editorial

All year round we follow the news from Israel – supporting, criticizing, worrying, discussing, debating and praying. On Sunday, though, we will be celebrating.

05/25/2016 - 08:18 | Editorial

Newspapers, if they’re doing their jobs correctly, are supposed to hold up a mirror to society and say: Here, have a look at us, warts and all. Perhaps we spend too much time on the warts part, reporting on all matter of scandal and trying to fulfill our duty as a government watchdog and a check on the powerful. And these days, with the impact of the Internet, perhaps we spend too much time on “click bait.”

05/25/2016 - 08:17 | Editorial

Symbols mean a great deal in politics.

Consider: It is unlikely that the expected appointment as Israeli defense minister of Avigdor Lieberman, a widely distrusted politician with no serious military experience, will result in radical changes in the IDF, a highly disciplined institution. But Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to offer him the second most important post in the government appears to be a blatantly political move, one that places the prime minister’s desire to solidify his power base over the strategic and diplomatic interests of the state.