Editorial & Opinion

For Bibi, A Short-Term Victory And Long-Term Risk

From a political perspective, Netanyahu's choice of Lieberman over Herzog makes perfect sense.

05/20/2016 - 14:47
Editor and Publisher

“Netanyahu isn’t Left or Right. He has no ideology. He is the ultimate Mr. Zigzag. He may be the world champion of zigzaggers.” — Avigdor Lieberman at a Yisrael Beiteinu faction meeting.

Gary Rosenblatt

Upset Over Abrams

05/18/2016 - 09:30

The same week Gary Rosenblatt published his front page column, “Laying Blame For ‘The Israel Problem’” (May 13), a Guatemalan court found Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, the former dictator who ruled Guatemala during one of the bloodiest periods of its long civil war, guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. When these genocidal crimes were taking place, Elliott Abrams [whose essay on the drift between Israel and American Jews is key to the Rosenblatt column] acted as the general’s champion and enabler in the U.S. government.

Sacred Sites

05/18/2016 - 09:29

Jonathan Mark’s excellent article, “Sacred Sites Keeps Shuls Alive” (May 13), rightfully draws attention to the important role the New York Landmarks Conservancy plays in keeping the doors of historic synagogues open.

Faults The Media

05/18/2016 - 09:28

Among the major reasons for the growing gap between American and Israeli Jews are our anti-Israel mainstream media reports that negatively spin the real lives and concerns of Israelis and positively spin those of Palestinians. (“Laying Blame For ‘The Israel Problem,’” May 13)

No Humor In Shoah

05/18/2016 - 09:27

I am a World War II veteran and Shoah survivor. I was with the “Red One” First Division, serving three and a half years — I saw Africa, Belgium, and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. (You might have seen a front page article in the New York Times from years ago about a Jewish service I conducted on German soil, the first such service since the Nazis came to power; the service was broadcast from coast to coast in the States.)

On Modern Orthodoxy’s Boundaries

05/18/2016 - 09:26

I agree with both Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s essay, “Can Modern Orthodoxy Be The New Center?” May 6), and Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer’s response to it in Cross Currents.
Rabbi Greenberg, who represents the left wing of Modern Orthodoxy, presented an analysis of what has happened to Modern Orthodoxy in the last 50 years or so. It has moved to the right. And in some cases, lamentably so. I agree with him.

Why Bibi May Make A Move

05/18/2016 - 09:25

After a long period of stagnation on the peace front, there are signs of activity, with France preparing to convene Israeli-Palestinian talks this summer, hosting more than two dozen foreign ministers, and Egypt encouraging the move.

Democrats’ Support For Israel Declining

05/18/2016 - 09:24

While presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue their race to the Democratic convention, the former secretary of state remains the presumed candidate despite the Vermont senator’s string of primary victories. Another disconnect within the party — one with direct impact on the Jewish community — is that it is losing pro-Israel voters to the Republicans by a disturbingly wide margin.

The Low-Tech Child

05/18/2016 - 09:19

One of childhood’s great pleasures is to populate the world with imagination. It does not require elaborate equipment to engage a child. As the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi said, “Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.”

David Wolpe

In Two Crucial Struggles, Arming With Jewish Values

In efforts against BDS and Chief Rabbinate, a stick-to-your-guns message emerges.

05/18/2016 - 09:13
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The “vicious, well-funded and sophisticated” BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which has “strong anti-Semitic elements,” is a serious problem on college campuses, Israeli columnist and author Ari Shavit told a group of local high school  students at a JCC Manhattan program on Sunday afternoon. But it is relatively small and could be defeated by a “much larger, stronger Jewish community.” It would require a more sophisticated strategy, Shavit said, one that would have Jewish students asserting themselves as “a moral minority,” and forming alliances with a wide range of campus activist groups that now target Jews “as part of the white, privileged aristocracy.”

Gary Rosenblatt
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