Opinion

Repairing Arab-Jewish Relations Inside Israel

09/24/2014
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Times of crisis can push societies to their extremes, inspiring solidarity, courage and compassion on the one hand, and straining capacities for resilience and tolerance on the other. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Israel, where the conflict with Hamas galvanized a powerful sense of national community and, at the same time, increased tensions and acts of incitement between the country’s own Arab and Jewish citizens, deepening societal divisions.

Alan Gill

MK Nitzan Horowitz: Wars In Gaza Only Weaken Our Security

09/19/2014
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Two months of bloody war have ended in a fragile remission, and it is hard to say what it was all for. It took 50 days of fighting that killed 73 Israelis and over 2,000 Palestinians --including hundreds of children -- just to go back to the starting point with no real change in Gaza. And so, even as life begins to return to normal, we have no illusions that this quiet will hold for long. The next war is just a question of (short) time.

Nitzan Horowitz

Standing Our Ground On Wearing Kipot In Public

09/17/2014
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‘A yarmulke is an indoor garment.” Ask any male Ramaz graduate from the 1940s through the mid-’60s and he will recognize that declaration as one with which we — and others of our age — grew up. We didn’t wear kipot outside. We wore hats or no head covering. Essentially, we didn’t identify as Jews in the street, a street that was not entirely welcoming to us. It was a time of overt or covert anti-Semitism, and we were acculturated to be aware of it and respond accordingly.

Haskel Lookstein

Think Like A Philanthropist This High Holy Day Season

09/17/2014
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The High Holiday Season is upon us, which means that High Fundraising Season is upon us as well. The value of tzedakah (charity) is a central one among Jews of all denominations. In Devarim 26:12, the Torah famously mandates Jews to donate 10 percent of their crops to the poor. And later sources suggest 10 percent as the baseline, encouraging as much as 20 percent of one’s income as an ideal allocation of one’s philanthropic dollars.

Rachel Cyrulnik

Happy New Year? Says Who?

09/16/2014
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Shanah Tova! Happy New Year! Who says so? The summer saw three Jewish kids and one Palestinian brutally murdered, followed by a war — one ended by a cease-fire that Hamas leaders are already threatening to end by Sept. 25 if they don’t get the results they want. 

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

You Can't Bat Mitzvah Your Daughter -- Or Bar Mitzvah Your Son

09/15/2014
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You can’t Bat Mitzvah your daughter.

DJ's and photographers (and many rabbis) are not going to like this, but the truth needs to be said ...

Rabbi Mendel Teldson

Standing Our Ground On Wearing Kipot In Public

09/11/2014
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“A yarmulke is an indoor garment.”  Ask any male Ramaz graduate from the 1940’s through the mid-‘60’s and he will recognize that declaration as one with which we – and others of our age – grew up.  We didn’t wear kipot outside.  We wore hats or no head covering.  Essentially, we didn’t identify as Jews in the street, a street that was not entirely welcoming to us.  It was a time of overt or covert anti-Semitism and we were acculturated to be aware of it and respond accordingly.

Jews stand their ground about wearing kipot in public. Getty Images.

The Case Against William Schabas

The professor presumes Israel guilty and has said as much on international television.

09/09/2014
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Powerful new evidence has surfaced mandating disqualification of Professor William Schabas as the chair of the UN commission investigating alleged Israeli war crimes during the recent Gaza conflict.

Daniel D. Edelman

Liberal Zionism And Its Discontents

09/09/2014
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Rumors of the demise of liberal Zionism are rampant, fanned most recently by Antony Lerman in last weekend’s New York Times (“The End of Liberal Zionism”).

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Joan Rivers: 'Yente-In-Chief'

The 'mouth that roared' is silent, but in her life Rivers gave voice to outsiders and women.

09/05/2014
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Joan Rivers was a – sometimes off-color – voice of outsiders and women, and a fierce defender of Israel.

Joan Rivers was a fighter. Wikimedia Commons
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