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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.

07/15/2015 | | Opinion

Now that a final agreement with Iran has been reached, Congress will be given 60 days within which to debate and accept or reject it. This, however, would not be the end in the long-simmering fight between Congress and the president over his foreign policy legacy and its long-term threat to American and Israeli national security interests.  Let me explain.

07/14/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For many in our community, the Dominican Republic (DR) is a magical Caribbean nation we contemplate visiting in the winter for beach time, gambling and relaxation. For those of us who spent 10 days there in June, the picture is starkly different: the DR is a place of poverty, discrimination, violence, potential deportation and increasing marginality. And yet, it is also a place of strength, dignity, principle and tenacity, and a warm welcome.