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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/07/2015 - 19:00 | | Opinion

On Thanksgiving I was reunited with a Vietnamese family with whom I had no contact for more than 30 years. It was a heartwarming reunion and a poignant reminder that aiding immigrants and refugees is not only a matter of advocating enlightened policy, but also should be seen as a personal responsibility – and wonderful opportunity.

12/07/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

My brother, Robert K. Lifton, a former president of the American Jewish Congress, frequently writes op-ed pieces about events in Israel that are published in the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel and other media. His articles also go out to a large list of people that includes American Jewish leaders, international figures, former classmates, and friends and relatives. A few weeks ago he wrote a piece called “A New Approach for Israel: An Israel Peace Initiative.”

12/02/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There are many reasons Chanukah has become the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America. It’s fun; it’s family; it happens in the home or at shopping malls; no membership required; and (sorry, rabbis) no rabbis necessary.

12/02/2015 - 19:00 | | Opinion

The first commandment for any survivor, and their survivors, is: “Zachor, Gedenk, Remember!”

12/02/2015 - 19:00 | | Opinion

The holiday of Chanukah is one holiday that is known to practically every Jew. It is also the only holiday that is not mentioned in the Bible.

12/02/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Suppose you read in today’s newspaper that a heavily armed gang had run amok inside Israel, demolishing “Yossi Cohen’s” home, among others, and abducting some of the residents – including children – before anyone could stop them.

Suppose that Yossi Cohen and his neighbors began to fight back. Suppose that they had wounded and killed some of the gang. Suppose, finally, that in the midst of their struggle, they killed a young man who, though not actually participating in bloodshed, was bringing provisions to those who were.