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10/28/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I live in Jerusalem but planned to spend this semester in America, launching my new book, “The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s” (Thomas Dunne Books). But with a wife, four kids, many friends and eight million targets, Jews and Arabs, in Israel, how can I rest easy away from home? Instead, I am crisscrossing the Atlantic “pond,” acting as if I hold the United Airlines Chair in American History, returning home whenever I can while fulfilling whatever book tour commitments I can. 

10/28/2015 | | Opinion

“Go forth from your land, from your family home, to the land that I will show you, and you shall be a blessing.”

10/27/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The murder of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin 20 years ago opened a rip in Jewish society that is not healing. Commemorating this auspicious event is, in fact, becoming harder, as each side of the tear — those who supported Rabin’s leadership in pursuing the Oslo initiative for peace with the Palestinians and those who rejected it with all of their hearts — have hardened with intensifying fury. For both sides, “We will not forget; we will not forgive” — a slogan of the Israeli left at the time of the assassination — has become a mantra, as well as a prescription for sadness.

10/27/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Some people might think that facing the challenging reality of intermarriage and being fully committed to Orthodox Judaism is an oxymoron. Yet, two weeks ago, 20 Orthodox rabbis accepted an invitation by Big Tent Judaism and the Lindenbaum Center for Halachic Studies at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah to join together for a behind-closed-doors, daylong symposium focused on the nexus of the two issues.

10/27/2015 | | JTA | Opinion

Washington — Fifty years ago, on Oct. 28, 1965, Pope Paul VI and the bishops of the Second Vatican Council promulgated the declaration Nostra Aetate on the relationship between the Catholic Church and other religions.

10/20/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In a way, I have been close to the Conservative rabbinate for 100 years — that is, if one adds my 45 years in one congregation in Metuchen, N.J., to the 42 years my father served as a Conservative rabbi in a congregation in Columbus, Ohio, followed by another 25 years into his 90s in several South Florida shuls.