President Barack Obama

Obama’s Faith-Based Advisers Divided Over Exemption For Anti-Gay Discrimination

07/09/2014
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Washington -- President Obama’s faith-based advisers are coming down on different sides of a debate over a pending executive order that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.

Doing It The AIPAC Way

03/10/2014
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There is nothing quite like an AIPAC Policy Conference.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York.

A Jewish Duty: Creating A More Representative Judiciary

01/02/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Of all the wisdom and political theory from the great Thomas Paine that has endured perhaps some of his wisest words were those he imparted on the eve of the American revolution: “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must… undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” (The American Crisis, Number IV: Philadelphia, September 12 [1777]). Paine’s words are both thoughtful and inspiring and serve as a reminder that we must constantly defend and enhance our justice system in America to support freedom.

Members of Native American tribes pose for photos at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in 2012. Getty Images

Transcript: Obama's Prepared Remarks At Jerusalem Convention Center

03/21/2013

Shalom. It is an honor to be here with you in Jerusalem, and I am so grateful for the welcomethat I have received from the people of Israel. I bring with me the support of the American people, and the friendship that binds us together.

'We Share A Common Story'

03/20/2013
Staff Writer

There were hugs and smiles at Ben-Gurion Airport today as President Barack Obama arrived on a three-day visit to Israel to “reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our two nations.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu greets President Obama at Ben Gurion Airport.

Why Is Obama Going To Israel In March?

There has been a good deal of speculation about why President Obama, who did not visit Israel during his first term, is planning to go to Jerusalem in three weeks.

Kerry, Hagel, Brennan: Harmful To Israel, Soft On Terrorists

01/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia, seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program, and putting “daylight” between his Administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA.

Another Inspirational And Marred Inaugural

01/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I have complained about Presidential Inaugurals for years, and I have finally decided to write the letter--my own, as it were, “Inaugural Address”. I love watching the inauguration of our presidents; I’m awed by the pageantry and inspired by words that invariably invoke the best of what this country is, was and strives to become. Through speeches and poetry and song, I am reminded of the enduring nature of our founding documents, which contain lofty notions that transcend even the humanity and wisdom of the authors themselves--notions of inclusion, community and freedom that have served us for more than two hundred years.

On Election Eve, A Rabbi Senses Anger

Differences Of Opinion Are Acceptable; Divisiveness Between People Is Not

10/31/2012

I am not endorsing a candidate for the November 6 election.  I do have a strong opinion but that opinion is personal.

The reason for this message is because I sense a great deal of emotion – actually, anger – in the Jewish community as it faces a critical choice for America.  The anger is beneath the surface but every once in a while it reveals itself in vituperative and mean-spirited language that is expressed between otherwise well-meaning people.

More Bad News For Mitt

In the wake of the Republican presidential candidate’s widely criticized remarks that the 47 percent of Americans who back President Obama are “dependent on government” and don’t pay income tax comes an ominous survey from the American Jewish Commitee.

According to an AJC poll, 69 percent of Florida's Jewish voters favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. Getty Images.
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