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08/21/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, a flight left Tel Aviv carrying about 100 South Sudanese Christians to Juba, the capital of the newly declared state of South Sudan. This was the latest in a series of flights that began earlier this summer, carrying nearly 1,000 men, women and children, including families who had lived for several years in Israel. Fewer than 500 South Sudanese Christians now remain in Israel. As peaceful individuals and natural allies to the Jewish state, they should not be deported to an unsafe situation, but should be treated as the friends to Israel they are.

08/20/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I write this editorial as I depart from Israel. I was here for four days to see the country, to better understand it and its people. I met with religious leaders and government officials, spoke to regular Israelis, and soaked in the sites that make Israel a cradle of civilization. I met with numerous leaders here, including Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset.

08/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A few months ago, a young Orthodox rabbi decided to “come out of the closet,” in a sense, when he publicly identified himself as an “LGBT ally,” referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice group, and a director of the UCLA Hillel, explained that he felt he had been quiet for too long and wanted to say what he felt was the truth.

08/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The newswire is abuzz with the recent class-action lawsuit filed against Hebrew National by a group of plaintiffs alleging that Hebrew National’s hotdogs and other meats failed to live up to their lofty billing.

08/09/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Although I truly believe President Barack Obama has had good intentions in his policies toward Israel, and has accomplished much in the region, there are several key respects where he could have been — and still can be — a greater friend to Israel.

08/09/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It is a sunny Shabbat afternoon in early August at Camp Ramah in California. The oldest Machon campers have finished lunch, enjoyed some free time, and have reconvened on the hill under a large tree for their Shabbat afternoon learning session. I am honored to be this week’s guest teacher, and I take the opportunity to talk to 75 fifteen-year-olds about an incident that put Ramah in the national news over the last two weeks.