Editorial & Opinion

Hamas-Fatah Pact

07/23/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt (“False Equivalency,” July 10) correctly notes that
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “is now partners in a unity
government with Hamas, whose charter is to destroy the Jewish state and kill
Jews, and currently trying to do so through hundreds of daily rocket attacks
against the Israeli population.”

Demilitarize Gaza, End Occupation

07/23/2014
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I want first to establish my credentials as a strong supporter of the Israel founded by the early Zionists. I grew up in a Zionist home, and as a teenager I led the junior congregation of the Conservative synagogue to which my grandparents and parents belonged. In the 1940s, while in college, I was the head of the Wisconsin chapter of IZFA, the Intercollegiate Zionist Federation of America. Although secular, I am and have always been a synagogue member.
I found Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “‘Revenge’ Is Not Our Way” (July 11), to be shortsighted in its analysis of the Palestinian Arabs’ situation. They are not acting solely in response to the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Their hostility to Israel is also directed, understandably, to the harsh, unjust occupation of the West Bank, and its extreme repression of the Palestinian population of the area.

Letter Perfect

07/23/2014
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Hebrew has no one letter words. The word for “I” is “Ani,” which begins with the letter aleph. Aleph is a silent letter. Referring to oneself then, should begin in silence.

Rabbi David Wolpe

When Journalists Lose Their Moral Compass

07/23/2014
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Los Angeles — There is so much to read these days about the Israel-Hamas conflict. There are constant reports from Gaza and Israel, with correspondents from around the world reporting on up-to-the-minute casualty figures. My suggestion for those who seek a deeper understanding of the roots of this war is simple: study the Hamas Charter.

Gary Rosenblatt

With A Strong Hand And An Open Heart

07/23/2014
Editorial

Amid all of the fear, frustration and anger over Israel’s need to defend itself once again from Hamas, the terror group committed to the destruction of Israel and Jews, it is important to remember that Jewish tradition teaches not only the imperative of defending one’s own but also to not lose our compassion for innocents who suffer.

Gaza And American Jews: ‘We Are One?’

07/23/2014
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‘We Are One!” 

That’s the oft-articulated mantra of American Jewish groups, expressing solidarity on core public-affairs matters, especially those threatening Israel’s security.

Jerome A. Chanes

Hold Iran To Account On AMIA Bombing

07/22/2014
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On July 18, 1994, a hellish scene unfolded in Buenos Aires as a car bomb set by Iranian agents destroyed the AMIA/DAIA Jewish center, killing 85 people and wounding hundreds.

Robert Singer

Moses, Aaron And Models Of Leadership

07/22/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:01 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 33:1-36:5
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28;     3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:05 p.m.

“And Aaron the High Priest went up to Mount Hor at the word of the Lord and died there…” [Numbers 33:38].

Shlomo Riskin

Media Analysis: Israel Optics Darken

07/21/2014
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For a while there, it looked as if much of the world had accepted, or was at least considering, Israel’s argument for attacking and then invading Gaza this time – the third in six years.

Tefilah for Betty Friedan

The feminist and activist was a woman with a pen and a will to change the world.

07/18/2014
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Editor’s Note: Gabriella Kamran is the first recipient of The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. She won a national contest seeking essays on the Jewish American who has made significant contributions to humanitarian causes, social justice, medicine or science. Gabriella won $500 and a commemorative medal. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.

Betty Friedan
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