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03/16/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

“Do you have any resources for a 15-year-old gay yeshiva high school student?”

03/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On Friday, March 13, Jews will gather in over 500 locations for the annual happening that has come to be known as “Shabbat Across America.” But in only one community, mine, will congregations ranging across the denominational spectrum from right to left come together for this event. True, Hillels do this kind of thing routinely, as do utopian gatherings like Limmud, and small, isolated communities where there is little choice. But otherwise, according to the organizers, we’re it. In a historic show of unity, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and unaffiliated Jews will celebrate Shabbat. Over 300 people have signed up thus far, and the number is climbing.

03/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Expectations for heightened Arab involvement in Israeli national politics are rising. There is a chance that the newly formed Joint List, bringing together four Arab political parties, could generate a higher voter turnout on March 17 than those parties had previously attracted as separate lists, and possibly make the united Arab bloc the official opposition in the next Knesset.

03/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

What would Golda have done?

Would she have appeared before a joint session of the United States Congress in response to an invitation from the head of one political party extended without the knowledge of the president, from the opposing party, to argue against a policy being pursued by that president?

03/05/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Opinion

When the Israeli elections are held on March 17, neither Prime Minister Netanyahu nor his chief opponent, Labor party chair Isaac Herzog, will be on the ballot. Israelis vote for lists of candidates running for office, not individuals. Some small parties create joint lists to ensure that they get the minimum number of votes necessary to make it into the Knesset.

03/05/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

While the events of the book of Esther and the Persian monarchy’s intended annihilation of the Jewish community of the day reside within the realm of myth, the danger posed by the ayatollahs of those same lands today is no fiction.  This was not the case Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington to make this week.  No one doubts the Iranian threat; the question only is how to address it.