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Climate Impact On Israel

10/01/2014
Professor Emeritus

Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “An Inconvenient Truth” (Sept. 26), arguing that Jews should be concerned about Israel and terrorism threats as well as climate change, is reinforced by the following considerations: The Israeli Union for Environmental Defense projects that climate change will cause Israel to experience a temperature increase of 2 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit, a 20 to 30 percent decrease in average rainfall, severe storms when rain does occur, increased desertification, and an inundation of the coastal plain where most Israelis live by a rising Mediterranean Sea.

Yom Kippur’s Web

10/01/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Why is the confessional on Yom Kippur in the plural? There are many answers to this question, because on some level it seems inappropriate to take upon ourselves sins we have not committed. Why should admit to things of which we are guiltless?

Rabbi David Wolpe

From ‘Mistake’ To Qualified ‘Miracle’

In a new book, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen asks if Israel is good for the Jews?

10/01/2014
Editor and Publisher

Illustrating his assertion that Israel “is a tough sell” because of its policies toward the Palestinians and its negative image internationally, longtime Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, 73, observed the other day, “You couldn’t get Paul Newman to play [an Israeli war hero] in ‘Exodus’ today, people would laugh at it. It’s a pity.”

Gary Rosenblatt

The 615th Commandment: Stand Up For Israel Every Day

09/30/2014

Editor’s Note: This is the full text of a sermon delivered at Park Avenue Synagogue on Rosh HaShanah, reprinted by permission.

Repairing Arab-Jewish Relations Inside Israel

09/24/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Times of crisis can push societies to their extremes, inspiring solidarity, courage and compassion on the one hand, and straining capacities for resilience and tolerance on the other. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Israel, where the conflict with Hamas galvanized a powerful sense of national community and, at the same time, increased tensions and acts of incitement between the country’s own Arab and Jewish citizens, deepening societal divisions.

Alan Gill

Cease-fire Talks Begin In Cairo Despite Palestinian Balk

09/24/2014

Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in Cairo despite Palestinian threats to suspend them over Israel’s killing of two Palestinians accused in the murder of three Israeli teens.

Palestinian Youths Riot On Temple Mount

09/24/2014

Jerusalem — Masked Palestinian youths threw stones and bricks and set off firecrackers at Israeli police officers on the Temple Mount.

A Year Of Challenges, And Hope

09/24/2014

Dear Friends,

Every year at this time it is our privilege to report to you on the state of The Jewish Week.

At Rosh HaShanah it is appropriate to take stock of where we have been and to look forward, with renewed commitment to journalistic excellence, to the coming year.

Obama Sets Record Straight On Israel-Arab Conflict

President Barack Obama told the United Nations and the world today what Israel and the rest of us have known and have been saying all along:  The Arab-Israeli conflict is not the cause of instability in the Middle East. Rather it has been a convenient excuse for Arab leaders to fail to give their own people freedom and respect their basic human rights. 

Here's what the President said:

An Inconvenient Truth

Gauging global threats, from climate change to the enemies of Israel and the West.

09/24/2014
Editor and Publisher

I imagine that it was far easier for progressive Jewish organizations and synagogues to attract young Jews to participate in Sunday’s People’s Climate March than, say, attend a rally in support of Israel or come to synagogue on the High Holy Days.

It’s just an observation, not a value judgment, and I can’t prove it, but that’s the sense I have, based on conversations with people across the generations. And I think it bears exploring why that is and what it portends for our Jewish future.

Gary Rosenblatt
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