Editorial

The Crown Heights Riots: 25 Years Later

08/16/2016 - 22:07
Editorial

It was the most terrifying four days and nights in American Jewish history, reminiscent of Old World pogroms with nights pierced by shouts of “Kill the Jews” and “Heil Hitler”; roving mobs in Crown Heights throwing stones at Jews; police standing passively; gangs breaking into homes with mezuzahs while Jews hid in closets. One Jew was murdered; others beaten to a pulp; an Israeli flag was burned.

Wallenberg Remembered

08/09/2016 - 21:50
Editorial

At long last it appears that the mystery surrounding the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved many thousands of Hungarian Jews from death at the hands of the Nazis, has been solved.

A Rift In Black-Jewish Relations

08/09/2016 - 21:49
Editorial

Many in the Jewish community have expressed shock, frustration and anger — justifiably — upon learning that the new platform of Black Lives Matter (BLM) singles out Israel as “an apartheid state” waging “genocide” against the Palestinian people. Of all the countries in the world, only Israel is cited in the statement for its domestic policy, described as blatantly racist.

Once More, Bring Ethiopian Jews Home

08/03/2016 - 09:08
Editorial

Twenty-five years ago, a covert, 36-hour airlift spirited some 14,000 Ethiopian Jews out of the country during a civil war. Called Operation Solomon, it captured the imagination of the world.

The operation used modern technology, a fleet of airplanes, to rescue an ancient people — the Jews of Ethiopia, who are thought to have lived there for some 2,000 years, descendants of the biblical tribe of Dan.

With Three Months To Go

07/27/2016 - 09:10
Editorial

After a chaotic Republican National Convention notable for who was not in attendance among party leaders as well as who was, the Democrats were hoping for a more civil affair. But the strains between the pro-Clinton and pro-Sanders factions were evident on the first day when mentions of Hillary Clinton drew loud boos from the Sanders activists. And even before the festivities started, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, was forced to resign over a leaked e-mail from a top DNC official. It indicated attempts to hurt Sanders’ cause

A Year Later, Iran Deal Still Divisive

07/20/2016 - 00:34
Editorial

Consistent with every other aspect of the Iran nuclear deal, which seeks to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, there are two sharply opposed narratives regarding the success or failure of the landmark agreement one year after it was signed.

Amid Violence, Avoiding Blame Game

07/13/2016 - 09:00
Editorial

Rabbi Andrew Marc Paley, a senior spiritual leader of a major Reform temple in Dallas who spoke at the city’s memorial program Tuesday for five slain police officers, told us this week that “people are being forced to take sides.

Keeping Faith With Elie Wiesel

07/05/2016 - 21:45
Editorial

Elie Wiesel as a chasidic child of Vizhnitz in the Carpathian Mountains knew “by heart” the siddur’s line about God “keeping faith with those who slept in the dust.” God’s commitment, somewhat biblically, became his own. Like the best rebbes or prophets, his life’s work was never his intention. The teenager wanted to teach Talmud but never finished his schooling before he found himself on one of the 150 freight trains headed out of those mountains into the Kingdom of Night.

The Lookstein Lockout

06/29/2016 - 09:18

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s rejection of a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, a longtime leader of the Modern Orthodox rabbinate here, is only the most recent and flagrant example of a dysfunctional religious bureaucracy in Jerusalem causing personal pain to sincere, would-be converts and dishonoring rabbis as it widens the gap between diaspora and Israeli Jews.

Wisely, Israel And Turkey Make Up

06/29/2016 - 09:12
Editorial

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, with the help of the White House, made an important diplomatic breakthrough this week, restoring full relations with Turkey after six years of conflict. The agreement could go a long way toward renewing a number of vital connections between the two countries, and it positions Turkey to act as a key intermediary between Israel and the Hamas government in Gaza.

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