Editorial

Allianz, And Righting Past Wrongs

10/30/2013
Editorial

Finding the balance between justice and revenge is always difficult, as is determining at what point, if ever, a wrongdoing should be forgiven, if not forgotten.

When Bush Comes To Praise

10/23/2013
Editorial

According to legend, it was John Foster Dulles, secretary of state under President Eisenhower and not known as a friend of Israel, who is most responsible for the creation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which celebrated “five decades of leadership and achievement” with a gala dinner attended by 1,200 people at the Waldorf Astoria last week.

An Arresting Development In Jerusalem

10/16/2013
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The “crime” of praying as a Jew has a long, and dishonored place, in Jewish history.

Voice Of Israel’s Sephardim

10/09/2013
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It was a testimony to the influence and longevity of the life of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that the health updates on an ailing rabbinic leader were headline news in Israeli newspapers and broadcasts in recent weeks. Outside of haredi, or ultra-Orthodox circles, in which Rabbi Yosef played a prominent role for more than a half century, most Israelis have little interest in aging rabbis.

Losing Our Faith

10/02/2013
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The results are in on American Jewish identity, and they tell us what we should have sensed by now: that particularly among the young, an increasing number are moving away from formal expressions of Judaism, marrying out, and not raising children as Jews.

Killing With Kindness

09/25/2013
Editorial

Israeli and mainstream American Jewish leaders are deeply concerned, whether they say it publicly or not, that President Obama is being snookered by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive. And the stakes could not be higher.

High Holy Day Highs

09/17/2013
Editorial

At Kol Nidre services last week at Central Synagogue, the historic Reform congregation in Manhattan, Peter Rubinstein offered his last High Holy Day sermon as senior rabbi after 23 years in that post. He billed his talk “A Love Letter,” and in an emotional 30-minute address, he explained that it was being delivered “from me to each and all of you … and it’s about the legacy we have created together and that is now yours to carry on.”

One-State Delusion

09/17/2013
Editorial

The New York Times Sunday Review prominently featured a lengthy opinion essay this week, “Two-State Illusion,” asserting that the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead, and calling for Israel to abandon its core Zionist principles so as to free up Arabs and Jews to live together in newly realized harmony.

While Iran Is Watching

09/11/2013
Editorial

Officials in Jerusalem are not pleased or comfortable at being thrust into the center of an American political controversy over a possible U.S. military strike against Syria. There’s no doubt that Israel favors a strong response from Washington to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s evil use of chemical warfare against his own civilian population. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government would prefer to stay out of the limelight, insisting, correctly, that this issue is not about Israel, which fortunately can defend itself against Damascus. It’s about the perception of America in the international community, and particularly in the eyes of Iran’s leaders, who are watching carefully to see if the world’s only superpower is willing to make good on its word to prevent “red lines” of non-conventional warfare from being crossed.

Our Vital Mission: To Inform and To Serve

09/04/2013
Editorial

Dear Friends,

At this special time — one Jewish year just ending, a new one upon us — we, like many of you, take time to reflect candidly on the past and look forward with hope to the coming year.

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