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.

Facing Up To Jewish Terror

12/30/2015 - 08:38

Until recently each case of a suspected Jewish terror act against innocent Palestinians has been seen as an aberration.

Going Over The Rhetorical Line

12/23/2015 - 09:23

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin continues to impress, walking a delicate line between the increasingly strident political camps of left and right in the Jewish state. We wish other Jewish leaders, here and in Israel, would follow his example of thoughtfulness and commitment to tolerance and inclusion. The former Likud leader’s balancing act leaves him criticized on all sides, but determined to speak his mind in seeking to speak for all Israelis.

‘Divided Loyalties,’ Still?

12/23/2015 - 09:22

Unfortunately, the disturbing case of a U.S. government agency denying security clearance to an American Jewish dentist because he has close relatives in Israel is not a fluke.

The Snub Club

12/16/2015 (All day)

Over the years we’ve struggled with trying to find a balance when it comes to the issue of coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. We’ve called out the Palestinians for incitement in textbooks, we’ve decried any number of senseless and deadly terrorist attacks against innocent Israelis, and we’ve criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for placing one roadblock after another in the way when it comes to getting to the negotiating table.

Advancing Interfaith Bonds

12/08/2015 - 19:00

This week a group of liberal Modern Orthodox rabbis distanced itself from more conservative members of their community and drew closer to parts of the Christian world.

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