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Israel Is Walling Itself In

With fences and Iron Dome, hunkering down for the long haul.
01/10/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Israel announced this week that it plans to build a fence on its Syrian border for security purposes. That makes perfect sense, given that Syria is in the midst of a horrific civil war whose ripple effect is fraught with uncertainty.

The Problem Of Hagel

Jewish leaders are in a quandary: 'He could stick it to us.'
01/06/2013 - 19:00

Some national Jewish leaders, deeply worried and upset over the nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, are in a quandary about whether or not to publicly speak out against his confirmation.

Serving Their Country After Serving Time

Israelis don't seem to eliminate candidates because they've been convicted.
12/30/2012 - 19:00

Avigdor Lieberman, who stepped down as foreign minister of Israel last week and has been indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust, is still hopeful of playing a key role in the next government, with elections three weeks ago.

He may well be right.

Lieberman: Wouldn't be the first felon to return to Israeli politics.

George Finkelstein's Open Office Door

Yeshiva University High School removed the door of principal accused of abuse, but not the abuser himself.
12/17/2012 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

One of the more telling and unreported aspects of the George Finkelstein situation at Yeshiva University is the fact that at some point during the time he was principal of the high school several decades ago and accused of wrestling with students in his office, the door to his office was removed, according to a number of former students.

The Sins Of The Fathers

A sad day for YU, as scandal casts shadow on Rabbi Lamm's accomplished tenure.
12/13/2012 - 19:00

Reading The Forward’s thorough article about alleged sexual abuses against a former Judaic teacher and a principal at MTA, the Yeshiva University Boy’s High School, in the 1970s and 1980s, I felt profound sadness on many levels.

Do You Know Whose Funeral Drew 250,000 People This Week?

If further evidence is needed that the divide between the Orthodox and the rest of the Jewish community is widening, consider that 250,000 Israelis attended the funeral yesterday of a revered 102-year-old Torah sage in Jerusalem who is virtually unknown to American Jews outside the Orthodox world.

Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

At Least The NY Times Public Editor Does Right By The Jewish Media

After years of seeing our reporting poached by The New York Times, it was a pleasant surprise to see the public editor, Arthur Brisbane, devote his Sunday column this week to that very topic.

NY Times Editor Not Convinced Iran Working To Build A Bomb

I’ve been concerned of late by the New York Times’ coverage of the tensions among Israel, Iran and the U.S. So many of the reports leave the impression – an unfair one, I think -- that Israel is chafing at the bit to strike Iran’s nuclear sites, and what a bad idea that is.

Guess What’s Missing From NYTimes Coverage Of Iran-Israel-U.S. Crisis

There is one central element missing in the New York Times’ steady drumbeat of coverage of late over whether and when Israel would initiate military action against Iran’s nuclear sites.

A Must-See Film, Especially For Jewish Youth

The new documentary film, “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,” should be required viewing in Jewish schools and camps throughout the country.

You can’t teach Modern Israel and the challenges of Zionism in 80 minutes. But in chronicling the life of the hero of the Entebbe rescue, the film not only manages to offer up one remarkable young man’s ongoing struggle between duty to country and the desire to pursue one’s own dreams, but also a simpler, more unified Israeli society fighting for its basic freedoms and rights.

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