The Golan Should Remain In Israel, But Why Raise It Now?

06/07/2016 - 13:14
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On April 17, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu convened a cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights and proclaimed that Israel will never give it up. While I completely agree with his position, I question the timing of the announcement.

Robert Sugarman

Parents, College Students And BDS

06/07/2016 - 13:09
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The most prominent of Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the Democratic Platform Draft Committee is Cornel West, the provocative African-American philosopher, activist, and harsh critic of Israel. A strong backer of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, West recently accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “war crimes” against the Palestinians. His presence on the committee along with that of other outspoken Israel critics worries many pro-Israel Democrats.

Francine Klagsbrun

Ethiopian Jews In Israel: 25 Years Later, A Mixed Report

06/02/2016 - 11:13

Twenty-five years ago this week, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.

Gideon Taylor

Modern Orthodoxy Needs To Expand Its Theological Reach

06/02/2016 - 11:02

Modern Orthodoxy is currently in the midst of an intense search for a formula that will help invigorate a movement whose allure has seemingly diminished. A philosophy which until recently had broad appeal, is losing traction among the younger generation. Its ethos, it seems, no longer excites the populace the way it did in its heyday. Rabbis, scholars and lay leaders are searching for a solution. So far, unsuccessfully.  The ailment is obvious; the cure, elusive.

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz. Via prospectheightsshul.org

What We Can Learn From Russian-Speaking Jews Here

05/31/2016 - 16:18
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse, an event that opened a new chapter in world history and in Jewish history, too. Russian Jews spread across the world, with hundreds of thousands coming to Israel and the U.S., as well as many other countries.

Andrés Spokoiny

Speak Out For Change On Child Abuse Laws

05/26/2016 - 16:32

Our Torah, our history, and our God demand us to pursue justice. As Jews, we are called to stand with the oppressed and the mistreated. We are endowed with a sacred responsibility to seek and pursue justice where it has been denied.

Rabbi Ari Hart

LGBT Inclusion: A Quest For Dignity

05/26/2016 - 12:05

I had the honor and privilege to staff the recent fourth annual Eshel Parent Retreat.  Eshel is a community and support organization for LGBT Jews and their families in the Orthodox community.  I spent Shabbat with more than 50 Orthodox Jewish parents of LGBT children, all of whom attended the retreat with tremendous courage and out of incredible love for their children. 

Jeremy Novich. Via jeremynovichpsyd.com

Democratic Party Platform On Israel: Problem Or Opportunity?

05/26/2016 - 11:54

There is understandable concern in the Jewish community these days surrounding the appointment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party’s Platform Drafting Committee of outspoken critics of Israeli government policies -- Jim Zogby, Rep. Keith Ellison, and especially Cornel West.   They are entitled to provide input, of course, but the committee as a whole will determine final language.  That said, the platform drafters would be performing a service if they avoid pandering and assert realistic positions in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. 

Martin Raffel

The Role Of Memory On Memorial Day

05/24/2016 - 17:36

You might have a hard time relating to Memorial Day (May 30), like I used to. Even though my grandfather and father were soldiers in the two World Wars, ours was not a military family. I didn’t know any soldiers, none of my friends were soldiers, nobody I knew in my community. Viet Nam was over by the time I was in high school. It was a time of relative peace and quiet.

Sherri Mandell

The Three Teachers Who Most Influenced My Rabbinate

05/24/2016 - 17:10

Thirty five years ago this week, I ascended the bima at Congregation Emanuel of the City of New York, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, of blessed memory, placed his hands on my head and ordained me as a rabbi.

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin
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