Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
By:
Sen. Arlen Specter
Forty-five years ago, John F. Kennedy told graduating seniors at American University that peace was the "necessary rational end of rational man." Having recently returned from a visit to the Middle East, where I met with Israeli and Arab leaders, I believe that Israel and its rivals, excluding Iran, are ready to take a rational step toward peace. But it...
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By:
Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Editor's Note: Rabbi Leonard Gordon returned on Jan. 16 from a mission to Israel sponsored by the Masorti (Conservative) movement. The following is an excerpt from the blog he kept during the trip, which coincided with the war in Gaza. JERUSALEM I am writing at the end of a long day spent close to Gaza. No previous experience I have...
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By:
Lisa Eisen
President Barack Obama has made national and community service a cornerstone of his vision for transforming our country. The intimate linkage between his inauguration and his call for widespread participation in the national day of service on Martin Luther King Day actualizes his vision of igniting long-term commitment to meaningful community service. As we celebrate this historic inauguration, the Jewish...
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By:
Rabbi Marc Schneier
Since claiming the presidency, Barack Obama has been universally praised by foreign leaders as a breath of fresh air for American diplomacy. On Dec. 27, however, world leaders' jubilant anticipation of his inauguration took a backseat as Israel began its current operation in Gaza and questions arose as to how the incoming president would respond to the conflict. While President-elect...
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By:
Douglas M. Bloomfield
After eight years of praising George W. Bush as the best friend Israel ever had in the White House, his most ardent Jewish supporters may be having second thoughts as he leaves office. Even long-standing Bush loyalists like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee accused his administration of "succumbing to Arab pressure," and working to "undermine" Israel's Gaza operation by...
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