Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775
By:
Mike Weilbacher
As a naturalist who has spent decades sharing nature's wonders, I am trembling in trepidation of our upcoming Torah readings. For me, the juxtaposition between text and reality is just too jarring. As we cycle back on Simchat Torah to the opening words of Bereshit this Saturday night, the Bible begins with a bang--"let there be light"-- and Creation unfolds...
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By:
Adam Levick
On May 20, at 9:30 a.m., I became a citizen of Israel, the first sovereign Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. And, as I walked around Jerusalem on that first day, what struck me most was the feeling of responsibility -- that I wasn't just a supporter anymore. This was now my country, and the responsibilities of citizenship weighed...
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By:
Nathan Bloom
Israel has committed war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity. That is the conclusion of the report issued last week by a U.N. fact-finding mission investigating the three-week war in Gaza last winter. The response of Israel and its media allies to this latest calumny against the Jewish state has been the predictable one: mustering facts and logic to counter...
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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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