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08/11/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

The seemingly growing gap between Israel and Jews in the diaspora threatened to widen even more last week when a major participant in an effort designed to improve the relationship withdrew from the project.

08/04/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

Israel’s time of mourning and introspection did not end with Tisha b’Av this summer. It was extended when, within 24 hours last week, two murderous acts of Jewish violence took place. On Thursday a charedi zealot, recently released from prison after 10 years for attacking participants at a 2005 gay pride parade, stabbed six people at this year’s annual parade in downtown Jerusalem. A teenage girl watching the festivities later died from her wounds.

08/04/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

The right wing does not have a lock on excessive and demeaning language when it comes to the debate over the Iran nuclear agreement. Much has been made, deservedly, over Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust reference in saying that President Obama would be marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) comparing Secretary of State John Kerry to Pontius Pilate for negotiating the deal. Such rhetoric is over the top in unfairly personalizing what should be a serious discussion to determine America’s relationship with Iran.

07/28/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

At a time of so much worrisome news, from the prospect of an enriched and emboldened Iran to the deepening Washington-Jerusalem rift, allow us to note two positive events this week: the opening of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, and what the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel called “a small but hopeful moment in Israeli society” that took place in Jerusalem.

07/28/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

For more than three decades Jonathan Pollard has been the center of intense controversy. So it comes as no surprise that news of his November 21 release, after his imprisonment for 30 years (the legal requirement of a life term), is fraught with rumors, theories and counter-theories about why now. 

07/21/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

Theodore Bikel, who died on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 91, was about the closest the Jewish world came to having its own ambassador of goodwill.