‘One Kotel, One People’

02/03/2016 - 09:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

What U.S. Mideast Policy Plan?

01/06/2016 - 10:17

The escalation of the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict offers several sobering lessons in Mideast politics. It further complicates this already explosive region and raises the question of whether, and how, the U.S. will react.

The Reinvented Rabbi, Again

12/30/2015 - 08:41

Marc Gafni, spiritual teacher and accused sexual abuser, is back in the news, achieving both greater influence and notoriety of late. Let those who may be swayed by his New Age insights be aware of his deeply disturbing personal history.

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