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10/20/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I read with horror that 71 people had died in the back of a truck on an Austrian highway. They were likely refugees from Syria packed one on top of another in the broiling summer heat, taking desperate measures to escape violence. Only a few weeks later, we all saw the wrenching photo of Aylan Kurdi, a small boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach after his family attempted to reach safety by boat.

10/20/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

We are the quirky minority, a small segment of the overall population, trying hard to fit into the national landscape. We are overshadowed by the majority surrounding us, only able to come out of the shadows when things are particularly good. Even at those times we are ridiculed, without a retort except the knowledge that our day will come. We remember our past periods of glory, and pray every day for the next one to come speedily in our times.

10/19/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last week, as I looked through the Jewish Week’s website, I found out that I have something in common with my justice minister Ayelet Shaked. In an interview published in The Jewish Week, Shaked told of the deep influence her military service in Hebron had on her worldview and her choice to lead her life as a politician. In 2001, as a young soldier, I spent my first tour of duty in Hebron. In total, I served as a soldier and commander in the city for about 14 months during the Second Intifada. Like Shaked, I learned lessons in Hebron that have guided me ever since.

10/16/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Opinion

As I write, Israelis are finding it increasingly unsafe to leave the confines of their apartments and homes.

10/15/2015 | | Opinion

Editor’s Note: Naomi Gluck was a finalist in The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. The national contest sought essays on a Jewish American who has made a significant impact in the field of television, film, music or theater. Writers were asked to identify the person’s lasting legacy on them or on American culture. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.

10/13/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Editor’s Note: Following is an excerpt from the eulogy delivered by Yagil Henkin, an IDF military historian, for his brother, Eitam, and sister-in-law, Naama, who were murdered in their car on Oct. 3, presumably by Palestinian terrorists, near the Jewish community of Neira in the West Bank.