Editorial

French Farce

02/10/2016 - 09:30
Editorial

International pressure on Israel to initiate and carry out a resolution of its conflict with the Palestinians is mounting. But the latest peace proposal from France, including a statement by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, is a perfect example of diplomatic bias against Israel. It delays rather than advances prospects for serious negotiations. That’s because in calling for an international conference, Fabius asserted that if the conference fails, France will recognize a Palestinian state.

Conservatives Betting On The Future

02/10/2016 - 09:29
Editorial

The Conservative movement, once the great center of American Judaism, has fallen on hard times, as have many sectors of modern Judaism. In 1971, the Conservative movement was the largest denomination, with 41 percent of American Jews affiliating. Today, the movement is down to 18 percent of American Jews, less than that among Jews younger than 30.

‘One Kotel, One People’

02/03/2016 - 09:16
Editorial

All Jews should take pride in the historic compromise reached by the Israeli government this week in providing dignified access for prayer at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest place.

Israel-U.S. Jewish Brain Thrusts

01/27/2016 - 09:58
Editorial

The announcement this week that publisher Mortimer Zuckerman is launching a $100 million program to promote scientific collaboration between the U.S. and Israel is welcome news on several levels.

Foreign Aid To Palestinians: Worse Than Wasted

01/27/2016 - 09:57
Editorial

About 15 years ago, when Natan Sharansky was minister of housing in Israel, he spoke of his frustration in having the Palestinian Authority reject an Israeli plan to help build modernized housing to replace Palestinian refugee camps. The reason, though not stated explicitly, was that there is more benefit to the Palestinian cause in having “homeless refugees” than families living in an enhanced degree of comfort.

Where’s The Outrage

01/20/2016 - 09:24
Editorial

The horror in Israel continues, and this week it reached new levels of inhumanity in the very personal attacks on innocent women.

A Bold Risk To Strengthen Day Schools

01/20/2016 - 09:23
Editorial

Polarization, lack of cooperation and denominational differences have been problems within Jewish communal life for many years. Critics complain but creative change is hard to come by. Now comes a daring attempt to counter the trend — the agreement by five national day school organizations and networks to work together in forming a single body to advance and expand their shared educational and financial goals.

Remembering Arthur Obermayer

01/13/2016 - 09:04
Editorial

In the decades since the end of World War II and the Holocaust, many non-Jewish Germans worked to erase the stain on their nation’s honor that the wartime Nazi regime had created. They repaired crumbling Jewish cemeteries, gave tours of their towns’ Jewish past, and investigated local Jewish history, often doing their work without pay or recognition.

Video Vigilance

01/13/2016 - 09:02
Editorial

In the long battle for women’s religious rights in the matter of agunot, or chained wives, a new weapon has been added to the arsenal: videos on Facebook and YouTube.

Obama’s Last Shot

01/06/2016 - 10:18
Editorial

President Obama’s newly announced executive actions to reduce gun violence are woefully inadequate, but they are a start. And they represent a signal to the Republican-led Congress that inaction will not stand.

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