Baltimore Mom's Lesson For The Middle East

It struck me while watching that heroic mother in Baltimore emphatically educating her son (see it here) about the perils of rioting and throwing rocks at police that she should be a role model for Israeli and Palestinian mothers.

Toya Graham saw her son Michael, 16, on TV and immediately went out on the streets looking to literally knock some sense into his head.

This Is The Only State Of Israel That We Have

04/22/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As we celebrate this Yom Ha’atzma’ut, the sixty-seventh birthday of the State of Israel, I share a treasured Israel memory.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israel, U.S. Send Delegations To Armenia Amid Debate On Calling Events ‘Genocide’

Ceremonies are being held in Armenia and abroad this week for the centennial anniversary of the mass killings.

04/22/2015 - 20:00

Friday marks the centennial of the start of the systematic extermination of 1.5 million members of Turkey’s Armenian community at the hands of Turkey’s ultra-nationalist government during World War I.

Remembering Israel’s Fallen Throughout The Years

These photos offer a glimpse into Remembrance Day in Israel since the 1950s.

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Yom Hazikaron, or Israel's Remembrance Day, collectively commemorates all the men and women who lost their lives defending Israel.

Women soldiers marching in a Yom HaZikaron parade in 1968. JTA

Bibi To Put Fox In Charge Of Chicken Coop

That could be the headline when Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce he is appointing convicted felon Aryeh Deri to be his Minister of the Interior. 

In 1999, Deri, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, was convicted of bribery, fraud and breach of trust while he was Minister of the Interior between 1988 and 1993.  He served two years of a three-year sentence.

Hillary ‘Between A Rock And A Hard Place’

Clinton weighs loyalty to Obama with distinctions on Israel issues.

04/14/2015 - 20:00

Washington, D.C. — Hillary Clinton does not appear until 90 seconds into the two-minute video rolling out her campaign. No one among the bright and diverse array of everyday Americans in that video mentions foreign policy. Or Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton in the video this week that launched her presidential bid. Getty Images

Is Schumer Bibi's Point Man In The Senate?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a major two-pronged lobbying campaign in Washington to block a big power nuclear agreement with Iran. Track one is killing the deal it outright, and track two is enact legislation giving Congress the power to stop it.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) just announced he is sponsoring the bill introduced by Republican Sen. Bob Corker (Tennessee), which will force the administration to submit the agreement to Congress for approval.

If They Hate Washington So Much…

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the latest Republican to declare he hates Washington so much that he is prepared to spent billions of dollars – of other people's money, naturally – to win a four-year lease on government housing and become the personification of Washington and government.

The Framework - A Cul-De-Sac?

04/07/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The framework tentatively agreed to by P5 + 1 world powers and Iran has been variously praised and condemned. The first thing a student in contract law learns is that an agreement to agree is not an agreement. What remains therefore is simply a draft that can be referred to as a guide for further discussion. 

Israel Celebrates Mimouna

04/06/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After sundown on the last day of Passover, holiday dishes go into storage, exchanged for ones fit for year-round use. In some communities, chametz-starved Jews head to the local pizzeria.

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