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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

10/16/2012 - 20:00 | | Opinion

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to the temptation he has felt all this year, to shatter the gridlock in his sprawling, multi-party cabinet by calling an early election for January 22.  If he can win a bigger majority in the Knesset, he can handpick more of his own ministers.

That election date comes about four months before Netanyahu’s deadline for a fateful decision on how to stop Iran’s steadily advancing uranium enrichment – the “red line” he drew with a magic marker at the United Nations in New York two weeks ago.

10/15/2012 - 20:00 | | Opinion

Jewish voters know the scene well. Politicians show up at our synagogues, community events and Jewish homes for the aging—all talking up “Jewish values,” all trying to speak the language of the Jewish community.

10/15/2012 - 20:00 | | Opinion

“Americans who support Israel should take the president at his word,” wrote Haim Saban recently in The New York Times, claiming President Barack Obama is fully committed to the Jewish state.

10/15/2012 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For Jews, politics is not a mere avocation, it is the centerpiece element of their story.

As we approach the November elections, we find the emergence of two distinctive political camps within the American Jewish world.  If Jonathan Woocher’s notions of an “American Jewish civil religion” held measure during the decades of the 1960s to the 1980s, then a new iteration of a defining Jewish political culture has emerged in these initial years of the 21st century.

10/11/2012 - 20:00 | | Opinion

Jewish voters know the scene well. Politicians show up at our synagogues, community events and Jewish homes for the aging—all talking up “Jewish values,” all trying to speak the language of the Jewish community.

This election season, we are seeing more of the same. Yet the trick for our community and congregations is to decipher who really means it. It is to judge our political figures not by how well they can pronounce certain Hebrew terms, but how effectively they act on our shared values.

10/11/2012 - 20:00 | | Opinion

“Americans who support Israel should take the president at his word,” wrote Haim Saban recently in the New York Times, claiming President Barack Obama is fully committed to the Jewish state.

But is that true? Should we take him at his word?

No, not when Israel confronts the threat of nuclear annihilation by Iran.