Opinion

Israel’s Choice Is Not Between Occupation and Peace

07/15/2016 - 12:49
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Reports from the recent Herzliya Conference have sparked renewed debate over whether the pro-Israel community should partner with J Street in the fight against BDS on America’s campuses. Those who support this partnership highlight Israel’s collapsing popularity among young progressives and argue that only J Street can provide the left-wing connections and credibility needed to compete for this cohort.

David Brog

A Travesty Of Rabbinical Justice In Israel

My reaction to the rejection of Modern Orthodox conversions done by U.S. rabbis? Astonishment, outrage and concern.

07/14/2016 - 16:54
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In April of this year, a rabbinic court in Petach Tikvah was approached by a convert of mine to open a file for marriage with her young, Sephardi, chattan.  When the court found out she was a giyoret (convert) she was informed that I was not known to the Petach Tikvah rabbis and that, therefore, she would have to undergo a second conversion in order to be married in Israel.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein

Why I Do Call Israel Out On The Occupation

07/14/2016 - 16:23
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David Bernstein has written an articulate defense of those who, like him, refuse to denounce the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, or in some extreme cases even admit that an occupation exists. (“Why I Don’t Call Israel Out on the Occupation,” Opinion, July 8) He argues that simply calling for an immediate end to the Occupation does not recognize the complexity of the situation and will not bring peace and security to Israel.

Martin I Bresler

How Elie Wiesel’s Work Made Me An Activist

07/14/2016 - 16:00
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Although I had the privilege of hearing Elie Wiesel speak at least a dozen times and had the opportunity to once have a private meeting with him in conjunction with a book that I was writing, my thoughts about him actually relate to how much impact he had on those who never met the man.

Rabbi Sid Schwartz

Walking Arm In Arm With Elie Wiesel

07/12/2016 - 11:50

I first met Elie Wiesel when he was a young journalist working in New York in the late 1950s. We developed a close friendship, bound by a deep understanding of our experiences as teenagers during the Holocaust. Having survived, our mission was to make the world remember our martyrs and to break the pervasive silence about the Shoah. We were both driven to ensure the remembrance of the destruction of our people under the Nazis and their collaborators and to educate the world about the ultimate consequences of anti-Semitism, intolerance, inhumanity, and injustice.

Sam Bloch, President of the World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Associations. Getty Images

Why We Must Speak Out Against The Occupation

07/12/2016 - 10:53

At our National Assembly in April, J Street U students met with several prominent leaders in the American Jewish community – the head of the Reform movement, the CEO of the ADL, and the former head of the UJA-Federation of New York, among others. We invited these leaders to the assembly because we care about Israel’s  future as a Jewish and democratic state, and we believe that they have a crucial role to play in securing its future. As such, we asked them to use their considerable power to demonstrate leadership with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the occupation – in particular around the issue of settlements.

Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson. Via facebook.com

Time To Welcome, Not Smuggle, Palestinian Workers

07/12/2016 - 11:38
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A recent New York Times report of a robust and thriving smuggling industry moving undocumented Palestinian workers into Israel offers an opportunity to think about what this development can teach us. 

Samuel Heilman

Why I Don’t Call Out Israel On The Occupation

07/12/2016 - 11:37
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At the J Street U conference in April, student activists insisted that the Jewish establishment publicly denounce the Israeli occupation. While students at J Street U were measured in their demands, not so students from J Street U’s more uncompromising offshoot, If Not Now, which protests Jewish organizations for not publicly opposing the occupation, but refuses to sit down with their leaders to discuss demands. These students insist, like hubristic voices on the extreme right, that others accept their viewpoints, and refuse to engage in dialogue.

David Bernstein

Second Generation: Returning Home To Bar-Ilan

07/07/2016 - 18:07
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In 1958, as a young, recently ordained rabbi, I watched with a combination of astonishment and admiration as my father, Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein, assumed the presidency of a fledgling Bar-Ilan University after the untimely passing of his close friend, Dr. Pinchas Churgin, the university’s founder and first president.  Dr. Churgin had died two-and-a-half years after Bar-Ilan opened its doors. There were 70 students at the time in what was Israel’s first and only university under religious auspices. 

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein

Why I Don’t Call Out Israel On The Occupation

07/06/2016 - 10:16
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At the J Street U conference in April, student activists insisted that the Jewish establishment publicly denounce the Israeli occupation. While students at J Street U were measured in their demands, not so students from J Street U’s more uncompromising offshoot, If Not Now, which protests Jewish organizations for not publicly opposing the occupation, but refuses to sit down with their leaders to discuss demands. These students insist, like hubristic voices on the extreme right, that others accept their viewpoints, and refuse to engage in dialogue.

David Bernstein
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