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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

08/08/2016 - 12:02 | | Opinion

Since the Republicans held their national convention several weeks ago, America and the world have become acquainted with Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. As Donald Trump knows, Pence is an ardent champion of individual liberty, a reliable proponent of economic growth, and a strong voice in the fight against terror. Of course, the people of Indiana have appreciated these qualities in their governor for years. But what may be lesser known about Pence, who previously represented the east central portion of his state in Congress for 12 years, is his lengthy record of support for Israel. He served for 10 years on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia

08/08/2016 - 10:17 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The contrast between what is legally permissible and what is right was put into sharp relief in a ruling this week by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal regarding Holocaust restitution. The court upheld the constitutionality of legislation that would limit the rights of claimants in Warsaw.

08/05/2016 - 12:10 | | Opinion

To the members of the Black Lives Matter Movement:

08/02/2016 - 15:29 | | Opinion

Much has been written about conversion matters recently and too much of that has focused on the wrong issue – the virtues and vices of centralized or decentralized rabbinical courts.  Not enough attention has been given to the much more important systemic issues: standards of observance for conversion.

08/02/2016 - 10:26 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There is almost universal agreement that a two-state solution — Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and Palestine as a state for the Palestinians — is not going to happen in the foreseeable future. The question is: What should Israel do to deal with this reality? 

07/26/2016 - 12:49 | | Opinion

Keynoting a 1999 conference of Modern Orthodox Jews, a prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi began his remarks by stating “God forbid that we should have a halachic state.” Before continuing, he repeated the comment for emphasis.