Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775
By:
Howie Beigelman
It's an "off year" in the political calendar, with just three races of any import in the entire country -- all in locales with sizable Jewish populations. Statehouses in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as New York's City Hall, are up for grabs. New York, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting for a third term in office, not only...
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By:
Ruth Messinger
We live in a world that has more than its share of inequity and injustice. Thus, we have to decide -- as citizens of this country and the world -- whether and how we can open our own eyes, challenge ourselves and, most importantly, not allow ourselves the convenience of being overwhelmed. While nobody can tackle all of the world's...
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By:
Amos N. Guiora
American decision-makers are on the eve of a decision of monumental importance. President Barack Obama is considering deploying tens of thousands of additional American soldiers to Afghanistan in a war he called "fundamental to the defense of our people" in his August speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Similarly, Pakistan -- an unstable regime with nuclear warheads -- is...
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By:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
An old Southern black song cries out: "God gave Noah the rainbow sign; No more water, the fire next time." Long before that, the ancient rabbis spoke of a mabul eysh -- a "flood of fire." In their days, they were fantasies. But in our generation, the flood of fire has come upon us in the form of global scorching...
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By:
Jack Wertheimer
From now on, Jewish groups will likely think twice before using any variation on the word "assimilation." That's one lesson learned from the recent brouhaha over a 34-second commercial on Israeli television promoting the Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa program, which brings young Jews to Israel for sustained periods of work, study and volunteering. The advertisement, which paired photos of...
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