Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774
By:
Hershel Shanks
No one really cares. But that puts me in an elite group: It includes two of Israel's most prominent Jerusalem archaeologists (Gaby Barkay and Eilat Mazar) -- and me. And a few religious or Zionist kooks. That's about it. Meanwhile, the Muslim Wafk goes on tearing up Jerusalem's Temple Mount, where the Jewish Temple stood. The week before last, they...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
How Did Two Men Reduce Global Politics to a Single Issue? Columnist Steve Huntley writes in the Chicago Sun-Times ( www.suntimes.com ) on Sept. 7 that attacks on supporters of Israel reveal the authors' own bias: "It's no secret that the Israeli lobby has a record of success. A number of strongly motivated organizations advocate for Israel -- a cause...
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The veneration of powerlessness is not a legitimate or a useful Jewish value
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Part of the standard liturgy of Jewish prayer is the pronouncement that "we were exiled for our sins." The victories of the Babylonians and the Romans were not ascribed to the imperialist aggression of those predatory powers. Nor did our tradition assign blame for those defeats to the weakness of the Jewish forces, or even to the stupidity of both...
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Advocacy Corner
By:
Asaf Romirowsky
Today, pro-Israel students confront a demoralizing challenge on campus defending Israel's right to exist as a democratic Jewish state, as well as expressing views that would be labeled as "conservative." Some examples: · Natana DeLong-Bas, a lecturer in theology at Boston College, as well as in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, says that she...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Vacht oif yidn! "Awake, fellow Jews!" Summer is fading, and small winds blow the first leaves off the trees. Soon, the shofar will sound, and we'll be asked for this year's accounting. Are we ready? Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur give us the chance to reflect on the texture of our days. When we're young, that task is easier. Ten-year...
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