Editorial

The Festival Of Energy

12/17/2014
Editorial

Chanukah comes not a moment too soon, a chance to light up the darkness of a difficult year for Israel and its supporters. The litany of woes included the 50-day war in Gaza during which the Israel Defense Forces prevailed militarily against Hamas but lost the image battle, accused of excessive military force. There was increasing anti-Semitism and political isolation for the Jewish state, as Europe and the United Nations move toward accepting a Palestinian state without direct negotiations with Jerusalem. And there were deteriorating relations between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as personal animosity seeps into diplomatic policy.

Fiery UN Speech Falls On Deaf Ears

12/17/2014
Editorial

On Nov. 24, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor delivered a blistering condemnation of UN hypocrisy in dealing with the Jewish state. It came during a commemoration of the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and deserves attention for its important message and blunt language in a forum know for flowery rhetoric. And it merits quoting at some length because it received so little coverage.

‘I Can’t Breathe’

12/10/2014
Editorial

Rabbi Shai Held, rosh yeshiva of Mechon Hadar, said he had an epiphany of sorts while he sat on Broadway, protesting a Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man who allegedly had been selling individual cigarettes last July. Rabbi Held, who was among several rabbis arrested for their sit-in, said that as the crowd around him shouted “black lives matter,” an identifiably black Jewish man nearby fervently yelled “louder,” over and over again. “I saw in that moment how deeply African American men feel their lives devalued,” the rabbi said in a radio interview, adding that the negative perceptions among many whites about black men “run so deep that it should penetrate our souls.”

An Important Step In Confronting Abuse

12/03/2014
Editorial

The longstanding effort to increase awareness of sexual abuse in the Orthodox community received a major boost this week. Hundreds of Israeli social workers, therapists, rabbis, community leaders and teachers met at a conference in Jerusalem to discuss how to prevent and deal with sexual abuse and domestic violence — topics that too often have been avoided rather than confronted. Participants described it as a landmark event.

New Elections For The Wrong Reasons

12/03/2014
Editorial

Now remind us again why Israel is going to hold new elections two years earlier than scheduled?

Kicking ‘The Bomb’ Down The Road

11/26/2014
Editorial

Reminder: check back here in seven months to see if Iran and the U.S. and its allies have reached an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program. We suspect not, which could be a good thing.

Looking For Trouble

11/26/2014
Editorial

In the best of times, introducing a bill in the Knesset that would change the delicate balance of Israel’s character as both a Jewish and democratic state might be considered unnecessary and even unwise. And these are not the best of times.

Can Only A Beheading Evoke Horror Today?

11/18/2014
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Amidst the shock and repulsion over the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this week, and the murder of at least four men at morning prayer by two young Arabs, is the sad realization that the tragedy does not resonate fully outside of Israel and the Jewish world.

The Memory Of November

11/12/2014
Editorial

For all the horrors of the Shoah, with its hundreds of tragic anniversaries and yahrtzeits, no single date in the Holocaust has seared itself into the Jewish consciousness more than the night of Nov. 9, 1938. The hundreds of synagogue fires, broken glass, murders, concentration camp imprisonments and suicides of Kristallnacht — spilling into the hours past midnight, the clock seeming to strike 13 — made it clear that the five previous years of Nazi persecutions were somehow morphing into something even worse, if impossible to foresee.

The Wrong U.S. Signal To Iran

11/12/2014
Editorial

President Obama’s letter and personal appeal to Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Iran’ supreme leader, was a tactical mistake. In pushing for a resolution of the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program and suggesting a chance for the U.S. and Iran to cooperate in countering ISIS (the Islamic State), the president showed his desperation to achieve an agreement, weakening his position as the Nov. 24 deadline approaches.

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