Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/20/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Something awful has happened to the campaign to free Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped more than five years ago.

The liberal Israeli media has transformed what began as a non-partisan consensus effort into a political confrontation. The media goal, alongside the rescue of Gilad, is to achieve the mass release of Palestinian terrorists.

The catch phrase “we must free Shalit at any cost" has come to mean at any cost that involves the release of Palestinian murderers from Israeli prisons. As if no other cost is a valid option.

07/20/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For more than ten years now, Birthright Israel has succeeded in enhancing young people's Jewish identities and increasing their attachment to Israel. Like it or not, Birthright has been a silver bullet, the “it” brand in NextGen engagement, and the expectations have never been higher. Does Birthright Israel have the leadership in place to meet this new challenge?

07/19/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I suspect that nearly every American seminary student of the past generation has heard a variant of this sage advice attributed to the preacher Henry Fosdick:

“Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry; 20 minutes, say goodbye.”

07/19/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Does Taglit-Birthright Israel have a political agenda?

Questions about Taglit trip’s content have come to the fore, perhaps a natural consequence of it becoming a rite of passage for diaspora young adults, magnified by the intensity of current debate about Israel. The questions are not new, and from the time the first planeload of participants landed in Israel, observers have been looking for the political agenda. But political agendas are more in the mind of the observers than the program.

07/14/2011 | Opinion
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