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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

09/20/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The story of the akedah (the sacrifice, referring to Abraham and Isaac) reminds me of a Yiddish aphorism to the effect that “an act of folly which turns out well is still an act of folly.”

09/20/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Israel can claim to be a full democracy only so long as it treats its Arab minority fairly. While the economic gap between Israeli Arabs and Jews remains large, the ruling coalition has undertaken real efforts to reduce discriminatory practices in policing, government employment, national service, and education. At the same time, Israeli Jews appear to be increasingly hostile to providing full political and civil rights to Israel’s Arab citizens.

09/20/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As a strong supporter of Israel, I believe that the desire of Fatah leaders to have the United Nations Security Council recognize Palestine is a positive move that can lead to peace. Any move that establishes a Palestinian state more or less along the 1967 lines is a guarantee for the future of the idea of two lands for two peoples: the Jews and the Palestinians. Indeed, as Hamas well understands, the absence of such a resolution would be anathema for the Jews and Israel.

09/14/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The “tsunami” of the Arab-Israeli conflict that some are predicting this September may or may not happen. And while the probable UN General Assembly recognition of Palestinian independence and the Durban III conference warrant attention, instead of prognosticating the fallout from these events, we should examine – and learn from – the last decade’s events that led to these moments.

09/13/2011 | Opinion

A Palestinian state should be the result of negotiations.

Mervyn Danker

09/13/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I am often asked, especially by non-believers, whether religious practice can actually make us better human beings.

This is a real-life query. And often, it’s actually a deeper, far more personal question that each of us might ask of ourselves: what does religious practice mean to me? For one person, “Do not steal” can be guidance from within: theft is something that he despises and avoids at all costs. For another, “Do not steal” may mean: do not steal when there are witnesses, especially if the police are around.