Editorial

Charedi Rabbis Speak Out On Abuse

08/26/2015
Editorial

A noteworthy and laudable statement was signed and made public in recent days by more than 100 charedi rabbis, asserting that Jewish law calls for reporting child abuse to civil authorities.

Primary Screams

08/26/2015
Editorial

‘What would Howard Beale say?”

The thought crosses our minds almost daily in reflecting on an American presidential primary season whose air of discontent conjures up the fictional news anchor in the 1976 Academy Award-winning film “Network.” It was Howard Beale, portrayed by the late Peter Finch, who captured the frustration of the nation in yelling repeatedly on air, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Time For Poland To Pay Restitution

08/12/2015
Editorial

Calls are growing louder for Poland to adopt a process to resolve private property restitution claims of families — mostly non-Jewish — whose property was confiscated by the Nazis and/or later nationalized by the Communists. (See story on page 1.)

A Blow To Israel-Diaspora Relations

08/12/2015
Editorial

The seemingly growing gap between Israel and Jews in the diaspora threatened to widen even more last week when a major participant in an effort designed to improve the relationship withdrew from the project.

Alas, Jewish Terrorism

08/05/2015
Editorial

Israel’s time of mourning and introspection did not end with Tisha b’Av this summer. It was extended when, within 24 hours last week, two murderous acts of Jewish violence took place. On Thursday a charedi zealot, recently released from prison after 10 years for attacking participants at a 2005 gay pride parade, stabbed six people at this year’s annual parade in downtown Jerusalem. A teenage girl watching the festivities later died from her wounds.

Fight Fair On Iran Deal

08/05/2015
Editorial

The right wing does not have a lock on excessive and demeaning language when it comes to the debate over the Iran nuclear agreement. Much has been made, deservedly, over Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust reference in saying that President Obama would be marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) comparing Secretary of State John Kerry to Pontius Pilate for negotiating the deal. Such rhetoric is over the top in unfairly personalizing what should be a serious discussion to determine America’s relationship with Iran.

Signs Of Hope

07/29/2015
Editorial

At a time of so much worrisome news, from the prospect of an enriched and emboldened Iran to the deepening Washington-Jerusalem rift, allow us to note two positive events this week: the opening of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, and what the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel called “a small but hopeful moment in Israeli society” that took place in Jerusalem.

Pollard's Release. Finally.

07/29/2015
Editorial

For more than three decades Jonathan Pollard has been the center of intense controversy. So it comes as no surprise that news of his November 21 release, after his imprisonment for 30 years (the legal requirement of a life term), is fraught with rumors, theories and counter-theories about why now. 

Farewell To Tevye

07/22/2015
Editorial

Theodore Bikel, who died on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 91, was about the closest the Jewish world came to having its own ambassador of goodwill.

Iran’s Role Recalled On AMIA Anniversary

07/22/2015
Editorial

This week marked the 21st anniversary of the horrific bombing of the AMIA, the major Jewish community center of Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds in the worst terror attack in Latin American history. The occasion is grim, a timely reminder of the worldwide terror network centered in Iran, which in 2007 was found responsible for the attack by the official Argentine investigation. The probe was led by Alberto Nisman, a dedicated Jewish prosecutor who died in January under mysterious circumstances. He was scheduled to give public testimony two days later alleging collusion between the leaders of Argentina and Iran.

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