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03/30/2016 - 13:42 | | Opinion

There is a saying in Israel:  “Ein lie achot” – “I don’t have a sister.”  It’s a Hebrew cousin to Groucho Marx’s question, “When did you stop beating your wife?”  Like that classic, it describes the anatomy of a smear.  Somebody impugns the virtue of your sister.  Soon, word has gotten around about her loose morals, and you and your family are guilty and shamed by association.  Problem is, you don’t have a sister.  But it’s too late, and the truth doesn’t matter.  The smear has succeeded, the damage to your reputation has been done.

03/30/2016 - 13:19 | | Opinion

Back in my lithe teenage years, I used to Israeli dance with the best of them – that is, whenever I wasn’t nursing a sprained ankle caused by my congenital flat-footedness.  OK, I admit it; while I thought I was pretty good, I reminded people less of Rudolph Nureyev than those dancing hippopotami in “Fantasia.”  In fact, it was my stirring rendition of a gushing water sprinkler in Hora Mamtera that convinced the Israeli government to go all-in for drip irrigation.  But I loved Israeli dance nonetheless.

03/29/2016 - 10:35 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Israel’s strategic affairs minister, Gilad Erdan, recently convened a group of 150 Jewish leaders from 20 countries to plan, and begin to coordinate, the Jewish world’s response to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which has targeted Israel in the economic, academic and professional spheres for 10 years. On its surface, this leadership from the Israeli government is welcome news. For the most part, BDS opposition globally has been largely uncoordinated and inconsistent. 

03/28/2016 - 14:37 | | Opinion

The leadership in the United States Senate has indicated that it will block any vote on filling the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy — a move that makes it clear that our elected officials are more concerned about delaying justice than delivering justice to the people they claim to represent.

03/22/2016 - 17:23 | | Opinion

I was at AIPAC Policy Conference, only eight rows from the stage when the Republican candidates spoke to the delegates on Monday. I listened to Governor Kasich and House Speaker Ryan before Trump came in (and returned to hear Senator Cruz following). When Trump entered and stood on the podium, I stood up, turned my back to him ... and walked out.

03/22/2016 - 15:26 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I read with interest about the formation of PORAT, an organization dedicated to making the Orthodox community more modern and inclusive (“Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy,” Editor’s column, March 11).