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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/30/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There’s a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism.

12/24/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In recent days, there has been a flurry of diplomatic activity centering around the possibility of a new United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at setting forth a framework to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

12/22/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As thrilled and honored as I was to represent my organization at the White House Chanukah Party on December 17, and be in the same room with the First Lady and President of the United States (and Gwyneth Paltrow apparently, though I sadly didn’t see her), I shared a particular pride with only a handful of others in the room. The rabbi leading the blessings during the menorah lighting for the 500-plus “machers,” as she called us, was born to an Asian mother and an Ashkenazi father — just like my son.

12/18/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In March 2010, as part of my Zionist group’s annual week-long “Israel Symposium,” I visited Ramallah, the West Bank capital of the Palestinian Authority. As our bus wended its way into its  well-ordered main streets, we were greeted by the sight of a heavily-armed force in helmets and body armor.  Could they possibly have been assembled on our account, we wondered?  No, as was later explained, the high-profile visitor of the day was “Lula”— Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — then the President of Brazil.

12/12/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A Palestinian terrorist who murdered innocent Israeli children and maimed a Connecticut housewife — was accidentally killed this week when he joined an Arab mob surging towards some Israeli soldiers. The fact that the terrorist wore a tie and held the position of deputy minister in the Palestinian Authority did not make him any less of a murderer, or any more deserving of anyone’s sympathy.

12/12/2014 | | Opinion

Everyone dies. I learned this fact as a child. As I got older, I came to expect I’d losemy parents. Such is the nature of life (and God forbid it be otherwise). But knowingthis information did not prepare me for walking my mother to The Gates.