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03/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

What would Golda have done?

Would she have appeared before a joint session of the United States Congress in response to an invitation from the head of one political party extended without the knowledge of the president, from the opposing party, to argue against a policy being pursued by that president?

03/05/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Opinion

When the Israeli elections are held on March 17, neither Prime Minister Netanyahu nor his chief opponent, Labor party chair Isaac Herzog, will be on the ballot. Israelis vote for lists of candidates running for office, not individuals. Some small parties create joint lists to ensure that they get the minimum number of votes necessary to make it into the Knesset.

03/05/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

While the events of the book of Esther and the Persian monarchy’s intended annihilation of the Jewish community of the day reside within the realm of myth, the danger posed by the ayatollahs of those same lands today is no fiction.  This was not the case Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington to make this week.  No one doubts the Iranian threat; the question only is how to address it.

03/03/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For years, we tended to paper over a fundamental policy difference between Israel and the United States. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu long has talked about the need to dismantle fully Iran’s nuclear infrastructure that he describes as constituting an existential threat to Israel, while President Obama’s language consistently called for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

03/03/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Should European Jewry stay or go?

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement in the wake of the latest incident of European anti-Semitic violence, a shooting at Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue, seems to have touched a nerve in the collective Jewish psyche.

02/27/2015 | | Opinion

A few years ago in one of my first classes as a doctoral student in education, the professor asked our class to write down what we perceive to be the top five problems in Jewish education.  As the professor went around the room asking us to name the problems on our lists, students mentioned high tuition costs and low teacher’s salaries. I mentioned “respect,” to the puzzlement of the teacher and students. But let me explain through a true story shared with me by a Jewish day school graduate.