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04/28/2016 - 11:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” Robert Frost once wrote. Of this I am sure these days. For months the idea of walls and the radical act of separation they represent has loomed large in our psyche, as Americans and as Jews. From hypothetical walls against Mexicans (to be paid for by Mexico), to actual new barriers on the streets of Jerusalem, to the Kotel — that greatest of all remaining Jewish walls — this apt symbol for our times seems to recur constantly. Even though we live in an era once imagined as wall-free after the falling of the famous example in Berlin, walls appear to be closing in all around us.

04/26/2016 - 16:35 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For decades, most American Jews who cared about Israel’s welfare and security adhered to the maxim that we don’t voice criticism of Israel in public. Those of us who’ve held leadership positions in the American Jewish community and have sought to build and sustain support for Israel among our government and general population felt even more strongly about this. It’s perfectly fine for Israelis to criticize their government’s policies, we believed, even vigorously, but we in America must not do that from our shores.

04/26/2016 - 12:02 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Events on college campuses in recent weeks raise, once again, the question of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and where to draw the line between them. Anti-Israel rhetoric and activity, the salience of radical Islam in Western Europe, BDS turmoil on the quad and in church councils: All of it, in contemporary parlance, is referred to as the “New Anti-Semitism.”

04/26/2016 - 10:59 | | Opinion

After I began working with Holocaust survivors at a specialized clinic at Mount Sinai in 1993, I wondered if it would be meaningful for our program to formally commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day, May 5 this year). When I brought up this idea, a patient remarked: “If you really want to do something special for us, arrange a day where we could forget about the Holocaust.”   This sparked thought-provoking discussion about the burden of traumatic memory and about the incongruity of wanting to protect loved ones from terrible recollections while at the same time ensuring they are not forgotten.

04/20/2016 - 09:02 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Anyone seeking evidence of the contempt of the American Jewish left for the State of Israel, its society and citizenry, should closely contemplate New Israel Fund’s CEO Daniel Sokatch’s attempt to justify the heinous actions of the NIF’s heavily funded NGO, Breaking the Silence (“The Smear With A Hebrew Accent,” Opinion, April 8).

04/19/2016 - 15:42 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Any college student who has been to Israel and fell in love with it like I did has been in my shoes.