Sunday, September 14, 2014 Elul 19, 5774
By:
Morton Klein
Is J Street really a pro-Israel group? The lobbying organization never tires of claiming it is. Yet what pro-Israel group would invite a man to speak at its upcoming conference who's called for Israel's destruction, stating that "the establishment by force, violence and terrorism of a Jewish state in Palestine in 1948" was "a crime," and has vowed to "work...
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By:
Salam Al-Marayati
In the 25 years that I've served as a leader in the Muslim American community, I have watched and sometimes participated as the pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian camps have put all of their energy into trying to convert each other to their own ways of thinking. The conclusion I've reached is that agreement can't and should not be a pre-condition for...
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By:
Uri Monson
"Who graciously bestows favor as He has bestowed favor on me." This section of Birkat Hagomel -- the prayer said after someone has recovered from illness or avoided a catastrophe -- was probably on the minds of some in the city this past weekend, as it narrowly avoided the implementation of severe budget cuts. But before bensching Gomel, we need...
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By:
Rabbi Andrew Sacks
As we begin the New Year, 5770, the Jewish community can only ponder what lies in store for Israel. Will this be a year free of war? Will we thrill to the long-awaited return of Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israel Defense Force soldier held in captivity by Hamas? Will the economy turn around? Will we be blessed by the arrival...
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By:
Jon Erlbaum
A man visiting a Jewish cemetery in a foreign town stumbles upon something quite unexpected. On each tombstone is etched not the date of the person's passing, but rather, the age of the individual when he or she left this world -- in years, months and days. Confused but intrigued, our traveler next notices that the ages of the departed...
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