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07/26/2016 - 12:49 | | Opinion

Keynoting a 1999 conference of Modern Orthodox Jews, a prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi began his remarks by stating “God forbid that we should have a halachic state.” Before continuing, he repeated the comment for emphasis.

07/26/2016 - 10:26 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

David Bernstein has written an articulate defense of those who, like him, refuse to denounce the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, or, in some extreme cases, even admit that an occupation exists (“Why I Don’t Call Israel Out on the Occupation,” Opinion, July 8). He argues that simply calling for an immediate end to the occupation does not recognize the complexity of the situation and will not bring peace and security to Israel.

07/26/2016 - 10:30 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A huddle of people — some with beards and tallit bags, and others with short skirts and cellphones — slapped the bar mitzvah boy on the back, congratulating him on a job well done. As soon as the beards turned away, the cellphones clandestinely slipped the New Jewish Man checks for $180. The boy — let’s call him Matthew — had mumbled his way through a Torah portion (which he did not understand) well enough to become a Jewish young adult in a synagogue he had been visiting twice a week for the past few months.

07/25/2016 - 12:48 | | Opinion

Thousands of Israelis joined together for the annual March for Pride and Tolerance the other day. To many, Jerusalem might seem like an odd location for a Pride March -- when you say “gay” and “Israel,” most people likely conjure up the images of speedos and techno music associated with Tel Aviv, not those associated with more conservative and polarized Jerusalem.

07/25/2016 - 10:33 | | Opinion

I am not someone who sees an anti-Semite under every rock.  Nor do I think that every person expressing noxious views is an updated version of Adolf Hitler.  In fact, I find the invoking of Hitler and all things Nazi to explain—or explain away—behavior, to be deeply offensive.  You see, I am missing many branches of my family tree thanks to the treachery and murderous behavior of actual Nazis and their accomplices.

07/20/2016 - 15:44 | | Opinion

For six months my friends and I have been working on bringing Jews to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24, the day before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. At the march we will demand political leadership for a rapid and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.