Like all other professionals who engage in counseling, rabbis are trained to know and believe that hearing one side of a story does not tell you all you need to know. Whether it is a marriage that is in trouble or friends who have become estranged from each other, a professional may well ultimately choose to have the parties involved come in together for counseling. But it is rare indeed that said professional would not see the parties individually before dealing with them as a pair.
It’s a tough crowd out there on Twitter, particularly when you wade into anything related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Our former staff writer Sharon Udasin, who now covers animals, scientific innovation and the environment for The Jerusalem Post, learned that the hard way Monday when one of her tweets generated a firestorm of criticism, mockery, an unfavorable al-Jazeera mention and even some death threats.
In Boca Raton video, GOP nominee suggests a hands-off policy on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
By saying the Palestinians have “no interest” in peace with Israel and that all that can be done is to “hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it,” Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has described what many Israelis believe is a fact of life. But there is significant debate here about whether such a hands-off U.S. policy, as bluntly stated, is viable or preferred.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After a firestorm of protest from Jewish delegates and Jewish elected officials, the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday voted to amend the party platform to include a provision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Marc Stanley, chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said that he learned that the delegates had approved the platform by affirmation shortly after 6 pm after long day in which changes to the platform occupied much of the press coverage of the convention here and caused discord within the party.
Officials of TIAA-CREF, which manages pension funds for teachers and other non-profit employees, rejected demands from activists Tuesday that they no longer invest in companies that profit from the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank.
At its annual shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte, N.C., CEO Roger Ferguson said the company had considered the request of the activists, which included some shareholders, and did not believe it would achieve the protestors’ goal.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Let’s get past this U.S.-Israel relationship thing, so we can get on with important stuff, like the U.S.-Israel relationship.
That seemed to be the message this week at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. With 10,000 people and both the U.S. and Israeli leaders in attendance – plus 67 U.S. senators and 286 members of the U.S. House of Representatives at the gala dinner on Monday night – this AIPAC parley was the biggest and in many ways the most impressive ever.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (JTA) -- Clouds of tear gas hovered over hundreds of rioting Palestinian youths on the road to Jerusalem, where demonstrations marking the anniversary of Israel’s founding 63 years ago turned violent.
“I want a third intifada," said Ala Barghouti, a 21-year-old accounting student, his nostrils stuffed with tissues to keep out the sting of the tear gas. "I hope things do escalate today. A third intifada will help move the Palestinian Authority to improve our political situation.
A Story Book Version for Children (and maybe for their parents too)
Martin J. Raffel
Special to the Jewish Week
Once upon a time, there was a family, the Isaacs, that lived in a little house. A big bully, from a land far away, came along and threw almost all of the family members out. Some stayed and never left. For many, many years most members of the Isaac family were forced to wander from place to place, often being treated very badly by their neighbors. All the while they yearned for the day they might return to their beloved little house. Alas, they thought this dream could never be achieved.