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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/14/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

We should never hesitate to condemn anti-Semitism, whether it is the traditional version directed at Jews or the newer version targeting Israel’s legitimacy. But we also have to be very careful about distinguishing Israel-related anti-Semitism from criticisms of Israeli policies.

07/14/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Opinion

The white smoke that wafted out of the chimney Tuesday at Palais Coburg in Vienna signaled the start of an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill over the fate of the Iranian nuclear agreement, pitting two longtime adversaries, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.

07/09/2015 | | Opinion

Reports about Sheldon Adelson’s Campus Maccabees initiative suggest new efforts will emerge to fight Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on campus. This year, in addition to divestment resolutions, we witnessed incidents at UCLA and Stanford and growing evidence that Jewish students experience anti-Semitism on campus.

07/09/2015 | | Opinion

We all know that Israeli society is deeply polarized, with religious fanatics combating secular extremists.  We all know that Orthodox rabbis dismiss Reform and Conservative rabbis, as most Israelis reject Judaism out of disgust for this Orthodox zealotry. We all know that the openness, tolerance, pluralism, and broad religious spectrum characterizing American Judaism is sadly lacking in Israel’s narrow, intolerant, all-or-nothing Judaism. Or do we….

07/07/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When it comes to the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council on last summer’s war in Gaza, even some Israeli journalists have commented that it is more even-handed than past reports because it looks at Hamas violations of international law as well as Israel’s.

07/07/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

The summer solstice has passed, and with it that anomaly of the season: just as summer begins, the days start getting shorter, hinting of the fall ahead. I’m always sad to see the summer days waning just when I want them to stretch out forever. And now, in July, at the height of sunshine and cheer comes the next blow. In a brief few weeks we will commemorate the saddest day on the Jewish calendar — Tisha b’Av (July 26). It is a day of disasters, marking not only the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jewish people from their homeland, but also other catastrophes of Jewish history.