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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/12/2016 - 11:50 | | Opinion

I first met Elie Wiesel when he was a young journalist working in New York in the late 1950s. We developed a close friendship, bound by a deep understanding of our experiences as teenagers during the Holocaust. Having survived, our mission was to make the world remember our martyrs and to break the pervasive silence about the Shoah. We were both driven to ensure the remembrance of the destruction of our people under the Nazis and their collaborators and to educate the world about the ultimate consequences of anti-Semitism, intolerance, inhumanity, and injustice.

07/12/2016 - 10:53 | | Opinion

At our National Assembly in April, J Street U students met with several prominent leaders in the American Jewish community – the head of the Reform movement, the CEO of the ADL, and the former head of the UJA-Federation of New York, among others. We invited these leaders to the assembly because we care about Israel’s  future as a Jewish and democratic state, and we believe that they have a crucial role to play in securing its future. As such, we asked them to use their considerable power to demonstrate leadership with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the occupation – in particular around the issue of settlements.

07/12/2016 - 11:38 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A recent New York Times report of a robust and thriving smuggling industry moving undocumented Palestinian workers into Israel offers an opportunity to think about what this development can teach us. 

07/12/2016 - 11:37 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At the J Street U conference in April, student activists insisted that the Jewish establishment publicly denounce the Israeli occupation. While students at J Street U were measured in their demands, not so students from J Street U’s more uncompromising offshoot, If Not Now, which protests Jewish organizations for not publicly opposing the occupation, but refuses to sit down with their leaders to discuss demands. These students insist, like hubristic voices on the extreme right, that others accept their viewpoints, and refuse to engage in dialogue.

07/07/2016 - 18:07 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In 1958, as a young, recently ordained rabbi, I watched with a combination of astonishment and admiration as my father, Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein, assumed the presidency of a fledgling Bar-Ilan University after the untimely passing of his close friend, Dr. Pinchas Churgin, the university’s founder and first president.  Dr. Churgin had died two-and-a-half years after Bar-Ilan opened its doors. There were 70 students at the time in what was Israel’s first and only university under religious auspices. 

07/06/2016 - 10:16 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At the J Street U conference in April, student activists insisted that the Jewish establishment publicly denounce the Israeli occupation. While students at J Street U were measured in their demands, not so students from J Street U’s more uncompromising offshoot, If Not Now, which protests Jewish organizations for not publicly opposing the occupation, but refuses to sit down with their leaders to discuss demands. These students insist, like hubristic voices on the extreme right, that others accept their viewpoints, and refuse to engage in dialogue.