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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/10/2012 | | Opinion

Serving our country as a chaplain is, in many respects, about living with a great tension. Chaplains serve as visible reminders of the holy – the antithesis to war and conflict. Yet the very people I serve and the uniform I wear represents the harsh reality of battles and self-sacrifice, even if in the pursuit of freedom and liberty. Indeed, both to the soldiers I counsel and my congregants at Park Avenue Synagogue, I have long sought to reconcile our desire to pursue peace, in full knowledge that, as Ecclesiastes states: “There is a time for war.”

12/07/2012 | | Opinion

When crisis overtook the Israel-Gaza border on November 14th, we, as New York University’s pro-Israel political organization, were committed to reaffirming our staunch support for the State of Israel. Our fellow students are aware of what we have accomplished, and we wish to inform the greater community as well.

At NYU, our organization is made up of 10 board members, 16 committee members, and over 200 active volunteers. Although our university contains over 19,000 undergraduate students, we maintain a vibrant and productive presence.

12/07/2012 | | Opinion

Here is my message to my colleagues, the rabbis of B'nai Jeshurun:

I read with dismay your letter about the UN vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message. 

12/04/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There is more to you than meets the eye. The same can be said for every person in the world, and every situation in which we find ourselves, be it personally, in our families, our communities, our nation or our world. 

12/04/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Several weeks ago, more than 3,000 Jewish communal professional and volunteer leaders converged in Baltimore for the 81st annual General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America. Each year, the GA helps re-energize our community around the federations’ timeless mission, to care for people in need at home, in Israel and around the world, and to nurture and sustain our community for the future.

12/03/2012 | | Special To the Jewish Week | Opinion

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to make ‘Palestine’ a ‘non-member state’ of the UN. This has done no less than legitimize the two Palestinian regimes that promote terrorism, murdering Jews and Israel’s destruction. How can the world claim to be fighting terrorism when it has just declared that two terrorist regimes should enjoy sovereignty?