Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
By:
Walter Ruby
Over the last few months, I have had a front-row seat to history. Last May, I spoke at a public hearing of Manhattan's Community Board No. 1 in support of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan, the husband-and-wife team that initiated plans to build a multistory Islamic center two blocks north of ground zero, once the site of the...
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By:
Jeffrey K. Salkin
I admire my colleagues and friends who have been courageous enough to speak out against the anti-Islam hysteria that tends to surround conversations about the Islamic center being planned for a property that for many is uncomfortably close to ground zero. They have shown themselves to be paragons of religious tolerance, and for this, I commend them. But in the...
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By:
​Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity regarding direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, a contingent from The Israel Project (TIP) met last week in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Our goal was to help protect Israel, Jews and a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis by reducing the culture of hate that...
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By:
​Misha Galperin
As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch last month, a group of Israeli soldiers shuffled past flowerbeds into classrooms at the Jewish Agency's Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem. Four hundred soldiers, many of them immigrants, come together from every army unit for 14 hours a day of learning. The lesson has nothing to do with...
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By:
Hayim Herring
I do not know Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton or any members of their families. But I am puzzled by the vast amount of digital deliberations in the Jewish blogosphere about their wedding, and the absence of more attention to their ongoing relationship with the Jewish community now that they have married. If I did know them, here is what I...
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