Editorial & Opinion

Kerry, Hagel, Brennan: Harmful To Israel, Soft On Terrorists

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President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia, seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program, and putting “daylight” between his Administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA.

Case Studies Offer Help In Countering Challenges To Israel’s Legitimacy

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As the managing director of the Israel Action Network (IAN), I am resolving to become an even stronger advocate for both Israel and peace and reconciliation in the Middle East this year. We have learned a lot about how to do this. For starters, instead of focusing on what we believe those concerned with these issues need to hear, we must resolve to reflect on how to better address their concerns. In other words, to effectively respond to assaults on Israel’s legitimacy, we must become better listeners -- thoughtful and strategic.

Hearing Women Singing At The Sea

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:46 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 10:1­13:16
Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31
Havdalah: 5:49 p.m.

The splitting of the Red (Reed) Sea was the remarkable miracle that indisputably confirmed the Hebrews as free people. The Egyptians had chased them into the desert, hoping to force their former slaves to return; Moses extended his hand over the sea, God drove back the waters with a powerful easterly wind and the Israelites entered the seabed on dry land.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

A Rabbinic Call For Human Rights

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Last week, I was one of several rabbis from a range of religious denominations who met with a senior Israeli diplomat at the Israeli Embassy. We were there to deliver a letter asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel plans to construct a new settlement in the E1 zone.

Bright Future For Lincoln Square


In “Lincoln Square Gamble: If You Build It Will They Come?” (Jan. 4), Gary Rosenblatt dwells on Lincoln Square Synagogue’s economic woes and shrinking membership and quotes a City University sociology professor who concludes that unless LSS does everything right the odds are against its future success.

Strong Commitment Endures


Although we cannot speak for all of the organizations that Rabbi Steve Moss mentions in his interview, “Standing by Suffolk in Good Times and Bad,” (Jan. 4),

Being In The ‘Now’


Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, which I usually thoroughly enjoy, missed the mark by a wide margin (“The Power Of Now,” Jan. 4).

‘Gray Areas’ Of Behavior


Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “What I’ve Learned Since Lanner” (Jan. 11), and his reference to “gray areas”: We have learned many things over the years about people such as his examples who engage in “inappropriate behavior.” They are persistent, they rarely change this behavior and our not knowing whether they have actually stepped over the line into criminal behavior is no proof that they have not.

None of the people referenced could be legally hired to be a New York City public school teacher. Why do we think the Jewish community deserves less security?

Silence Of The Rabbis


In his Jan. 11 column, Gary Rosenblatt mused about what he, having broken the Baruch Lanner abuse story in 2000, has learned from the subsequent fallout over the past decade (“What I’ve Learned Since Lanner”).

Today, as we are confronted by perhaps an even more egregious scandal at Yeshiva University, the one question that has not been asked is what have our communal leaders, especially rabbis, learned about how to deal with this type of nightmarish behavior and why have many been silent?

Over time there remains a silent majority who stand around and collect their paychecks without so much as offering any comforting words, let alone taking action against the perpetrators. One rabbi in Bergen County, N.J.,

Bibi’s Choice: Work With Or Defy Obama


With a new Congress convening as Israel holds its national elections, it’s hard to miss the parallel narratives taking place in Washington and Jerusalem, and particularly between the Republican Party here and the dominant Likud Party there.

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