Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775
By:
Yossi Alpher
Once again, Israel's elections reflected the dominant role played by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in determining the direction of Israeli politics. Now, it appears likely that the conflict will also dictate the creation of a centrist coalition that may not resolve it, but at least will do it no harm. It was pessimism toward prospects for a viable Israeli-Palestinian peace process,...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
The recent wave of anti-Semitic outbursts in various nations raises important questions about how to respond effectively to such assaults. A little-known episode that took place 65 years ago this month, involving a German-American high school principal, provides some guidance. The latest outrages have included the attempted bombing of a synagogue in Kiev; the mob attack on a synagogue in...
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By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
"We are coming," the chorus of a famous Civil War song declares, "coming our union to restore, we are coming, Father Abraham, with 300,000 more." Like hundreds of thousands of other American citizens, Jews in the north rallied around President Lincoln's call to preserve America as one nation during the Civil War. What compelled so many Jews to respond to...
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David A. Harris
I have long admired Turkey. Yet with the outburst of animosity for Israel displayed most prominently by its prime minister in Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend, coupled with the anxiety awakened in the Turkish Jewish community, I wonder what's going on and what the future holds. If this only emanated from the "street" or from an extremist fringe, it would...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
Tu B'Shevat -- the New Year for trees that begins at sundown on Feb. 8 -- is a minor holiday, but one that grows in importance in our rapidly climate-challenged world. To the Kabbalists of 16th-century Tzfat, Tu B'Shevat was when the Tree of Life in the center of creation renewed the flow of life to the universe. They developed...
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