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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

06/14/2016 - 13:20 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Our Torah, our history, our God demands us to pursue justice. As Jews, we are called to stand with the oppressed and the mistreated. We are endowed with a sacred responsibility to seek and pursue justice where it has been denied.

06/10/2016 - 10:37 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Shavuot, celebrated June 12-13, is the "Rosh Hashanah of conversion." On this holiday, we read the story of Ruth the Moabitess, the first and most famous Jewish convert. As such, in Israel, in the days leading up to the holiday, there is a proliferation of events, conferences and public debates on conversion and Jewish identity.

06/10/2016 - 10:33 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When Army veteran and Vanderbilt graduate student Taylor Force was murdered in a terror attack this past March in Israel, my colleague and fellow psychologist Dr. Jackie Weinberg and I were approached to provide guidance to the group of students and university staff with whom Taylor was touring Israel.

06/07/2016 - 13:14 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On April 17, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu convened a cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights and proclaimed that Israel will never give it up. While I completely agree with his position, I question the timing of the announcement.

06/07/2016 - 13:09 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The most prominent of Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the Democratic Platform Draft Committee is Cornel West, the provocative African-American philosopher, activist, and harsh critic of Israel. A strong backer of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, West recently accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “war crimes” against the Palestinians. His presence on the committee along with that of other outspoken Israel critics worries many pro-Israel Democrats.

06/02/2016 - 11:13 | | Opinion

Twenty-five years ago this week, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.