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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/28/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Much has appeared in the Jewish press about the Claims Conference over the past several weeks, including a report by Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt, relying on material from letters that I wrote (“Claims Conference Facing New Pressures,” July 17).

07/27/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

One thing that critics and defenders of the Iran nuclear agreement seem to have in common is the certainty, conviction and authority with which they present their views. It’s an historic breakthrough; no, it’s an historic catastrophe; it’s this agreement or war; and my favorite — this deal sucks; negotiations, more sanctions or threat of military force could have produced an infinitely superior one. The latter is simply unknowable. Indeed, it’s at times like these that I’m reminded of Tennyson’s wonderful quip that “there lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.”

07/27/2015 | | Opinion

Editor’s note: Tu B’Av (literally, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av) is marked this weekend, a day that in ancient times was celebrated through matchmaking for unmarried women. It has been revived in modern Israel as a kind of Valentine’s Day, celebrating love.

07/22/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The agreement over Iran’s nuclear program marks the end of an era. The 20-year-long effort to strip Iran of any ability to dabble in nuclear science or weapons has officially failed.

07/22/2015 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

The avalanche of controversial events surrounding issues of religion and state in Israel and the attacks on liberal expressions of Judaism — even in Modern Orthodox form — have been unending in recent weeks, and there is no end in immediate sight.  

07/21/2015 | | Opinion

This past school year was a most difficult one for anyone committed to shared, dignified, and equal life between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Recently, parents and teachers packed the halls of Jerusalem’s district court to attend the sentencing hearing for the arsonists convicted of destroying two first-grade classrooms in Jerusalem’s bilingual Hand in Hand school. The defense attorneys requested mercy from the court. However, as our group left the courtroom, the father of the two arsonists snarled, “What a shame that the burnt classroom was not filled with Arabs!” About a week later, on the last day of the school year, Hand in Hand was once again the target of hate-filled vandals who sprayed swastikas and anti-Arab messages along our walls.