Editorial

Worrying Signs For Israel Support

05/13/2015
Editorial

The findings of a major new survey of religious practices in the U.S. by the Pew Research Center show that Jews are consistent with the trends of other Americans. Those trends indicate a significant move away from religious affiliation, particularly among the young, as found in a 2013 Pew study of American Jews.

Free Speech And Its Abuse

05/06/2015
Editorial

A cynic might look at the PEN American Center, an association of prominent writers and editors, giving its annual courage award for freedom of expression to Charlie Hebdo and conclude that victimhood has its rewards.

Racial Divides, Here And In Israel

05/06/2015
Editorial

On the surface, the parallels between the bloody demonstrations in Baltimore and Tel Aviv in recent days are obvious. In both cases, black citizens have angrily claimed that they are discriminated against because of their color, more often targeted by police, and punished more frequently and more harshly. The sense of frustration and anger that boils over, turning violent, applies to African-American residents of Baltimore as well as Ethiopian Jews in Israel, many of whom feel they are subject to racism and police brutality.

Celebrating Catholic-Jewish Relations

04/29/2015
Editorial

A half-century after the Second Vatican Council, which absolved Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus and strongly condemned anti-Semitism, Catholic-Jewish relations are at a high point. As proof, an Orthodox rabbi received an honor from the pope this week, and a cardinal will dialogue and dine at the Jewish Theological Seminary next week.

The Mitzvah Of Helping Victims In Nepal

04/29/2015
Editorial

Our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

When natural disaster strikes people virtually anywhere in the world, among the first responders are representatives of the Jewish people. Led by the Jewish state. Over the years, Israel has reached out to countries in need whose citizens are Christian, Muslim, Shinto, or as in the case of last week’s disaster centered in Nepal, Hindu and Buddhist. (See story on page 27.)

The First Genocide, A Century Later

04/22/2015
Editorial

On April 24, nine days after the Jewish community has commemorated its losses during the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, another ethnic-religious minority marks its own searing 20th-century tragedy.

The Senate Speaks Up

04/15/2015
Editorial

There was welcome news from Washington on Tuesday with word of leading Republican and Democrat senators agreeing unanimously on legislation — a rarity — that would give Congress a say in the Iran nuclear agreement being negotiated by six world powers, including the U.S.

Remembrance And Celebration

04/15/2015
Editorial

Just before the conclusion of the traditional Jewish marriage ceremony, the groom crushes a glass with his foot, commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem two millennia ago. The rabbis instruct that even when we are most joyful we pause to remember the sadness we have endured. A moment later, the wedding ends with shouts of “mazel tov!” to mark the newlyweds’ first moments together.

This Passover’s 10 Questions, And More

04/08/2015
Editorial

Last week at the seders we asked The Four Questions. This week, in the wake of the framework agreement between the Western powers and Iran, Israel has submitted 10 questions to the U.S.-led negotiators that point out the dangers and gaps in the deal as it now stands.

Of Seders And Selfies

04/01/2015
Editorial

Wherever Jews live, they will be sitting down on Friday night to recall and commemorate their collective past as slaves in ancient Egypt. In the diaspora, we will hold a second seder, again making a spiritual connection to a history that began, as the rabbis emphasize, in the disgrace of servitude and beatings and infanticide, and ended in the triumph of exodus and redemption.

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