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01/24/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The final results of Tuesday's vote in Israel show that the big losers are not (as some would have it) the pollsters who had expected 32 seats to Likud-Beitenu, but Binyamin Netanyahu - the apparent winner and natural candidate for prime minister - and his team that gleaned 31 seats. Bibi's fall from 42 to 31 seats amazed almost as much as the dazzling rise of Yair Lapid from none to 19.

01/24/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia, seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program, and putting “daylight” between his Administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA.

01/24/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As the managing director of the Israel Action Network (IAN), I am resolving to become an even stronger advocate for both Israel and peace and reconciliation in the Middle East this year. We have learned a lot about how to do this. For starters, instead of focusing on what we believe those concerned with these issues need to hear, we must resolve to reflect on how to better address their concerns. In other words, to effectively respond to assaults on Israel’s legitimacy, we must become better listeners -- thoughtful and strategic.

01/22/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last week, I was one of several rabbis from a range of religious denominations who met with a senior Israeli diplomat at the Israeli Embassy. We were there to deliver a letter asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel plans to construct a new settlement in the E1 zone.

01/21/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I have complained about Presidential Inaugurals for years, and I have finally decided to write the letter--my own, as it were, “Inaugural Address”. I love watching the inauguration of our presidents; I’m awed by the pageantry and inspired by words that invariably invoke the best of what this country is, was and strives to become. Through speeches and poetry and song, I am reminded of the enduring nature of our founding documents, which contain lofty notions that transcend even the humanity and wisdom of the authors themselves--notions of inclusion, community and freedom that have served us for more than two hundred years.

01/21/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The baseball great Stan Musial passed away this week and, with his passing, a piece of my past died, as well.

Allow me to explain. I am named after my great-grandfather, Shmuel Aryeh Poplack. For some reason, however, my father did not like the name Samuel, the corresponding English name for Shmuel.