After Egypt’s wondrous revolution the Middle East will never be the same again. Egypt is so large and so consequential that such profound political change there is bound to impact everything, including the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Is it a threat to peacemaking or an opportunity?
Since the tragic shootings in Tucson, there has been considerable conversation about Rep. Gabriele Giffords’ status as a Jew. Giffords, who has identified strongly as a Jew, is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother. Her choice to consider herself Jewish represents just one of the various ways that individuals now opt in.
One of the hardest jobs in any school is being on the scholarship committee. Balancing a family’s real or perceived financial need with a fiduciary responsibility to one’s school is a tricky task. If the committee is too stingy, a child may not be able to get the education he deserves. Conversely, if it is too generous, a school may not be able to endure (or to meet its obligations to teachers and staff). If there was ever a thankless job, this is it.
Congressional hearings on homegrown terrorism, focusing on how al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations seek to radicalize Muslims in the U.S., are a welcome development. This initiative by Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, does not come out of the blue.
While an enormous amount of ink has been spilt (or really, writer’s cramp contracted and blog entries logged) in reaction to the “Tiger Mom” phenomenon and its challenge to Western styles of parenting, one area has been woefully neglected. We know all about Amy Chua’s external attitude toward parenting. But what about her internal life as a parent?
With the appointment of Shawan Jabarin, an alleged senior activist in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), to its Middle East Advisory Board, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has completed the transformation from a human rights watchdog to a radical agit-prop group.
Though the coming battle over the 2012 budget will be waged across line items on spread sheets and political talking points, those most affected will be real people with real problems.
Above it all looms the ballooning deficit and a new Congress replete with members from both sides who campaigned on cutting spending and lowering the budget. In such an atmosphere, the decisions facing the President are not easy ones: how to make the investments in our future and protect those suffering because of poverty and the recession while not contributing to the deficit.
Jewish tradition teaches us the Second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred within the Jewish people. Recent events are proving we need to learn far more from this tragic history of infighting. Today, internal squabbling and hurtful accusations of anti-Israel behavior are providing a dangerous distraction from the far more significant threat: delegitimization.