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12/11/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Here is my message to my colleagues, the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun:

I read with dismay your letter about the United Nations vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message.

12/10/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch's piece, "Liberal Rabbi: BJ Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message," click here.

It would be very foolish for a secular Jew to step into a dispute between two or more rabbis. But given that I find the current dispute to be touching on a core concept of Jewish identity, whether it be religious or secular, I will take the risk and responsibility of such foolishness.

12/10/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Open your eyes and see the fires burning in Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Lebanon, whilst Israel’s economic development marches forward relentlessly. While Jerusalem is on track to becoming a world city as the principal hub of tourism to the Middle East and Damascus, both Cairo and Beirut are crippled and simply unable to respond. In competitive terms, it’s as if all of Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Androids ceased operating just when Nokia began to produce their best products.

12/10/2012 | | Opinion

Serving our country as a chaplain is, in many respects, about living with a great tension. Chaplains serve as visible reminders of the holy – the antithesis to war and conflict. Yet the very people I serve and the uniform I wear represents the harsh reality of battles and self-sacrifice, even if in the pursuit of freedom and liberty. Indeed, both to the soldiers I counsel and my congregants at Park Avenue Synagogue, I have long sought to reconcile our desire to pursue peace, in full knowledge that, as Ecclesiastes states: “There is a time for war.”

12/07/2012 | | Opinion

When crisis overtook the Israel-Gaza border on November 14th, we, as New York University’s pro-Israel political organization, were committed to reaffirming our staunch support for the State of Israel. Our fellow students are aware of what we have accomplished, and we wish to inform the greater community as well.

At NYU, our organization is made up of 10 board members, 16 committee members, and over 200 active volunteers. Although our university contains over 19,000 undergraduate students, we maintain a vibrant and productive presence.

12/07/2012 | | Opinion

Here is my message to my colleagues, the rabbis of B'nai Jeshurun:

I read with dismay your letter about the UN vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message.