Sunday, September 14, 2014 Elul 19, 5774
By:
Jon Haber
As with most controversies surrounding anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, including the upcoming BDS conference at the University of Pennsylvania, the debate has centered on free speech versus hate speech. Although First Amendment issues are always worth discussing, such talk misses one of the most important aspects of BDS: What a loser of a campaign it has been...
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By:
Tami Lehman-Wilzig
There's something about trees. Shel Silverstein's children's book classic The Giving Tree proves the point. Trees are sustenance. They provide comfort and love, even shelter. Unconditional love is what they bestow. But do we give back? With Tu B'Shvat as the next holiday on our collective radar, beginning the evening of Feb. 7, the question is a timely one. The...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Can there be anything more reprehensible than the recent spectacle of haredi Orthodox Jewish boys wearing yellow stars of David and striped black-and-white concentration camp uniforms at a demonstration in Jerusalem? Offended by Israeli authorities' efforts to curtail abuse of women and girls in haredi neighborhoods, the demonstrators desecrated the memory of the more than 1.5 million Jewish children whose...
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By:
Rabbi Yonah Gross
Many of us have seen the disturbing images from Israel in recent weeks portraying Jews against other Jews in a so-called religious struggle. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. Such misguided zealotry by a small group of misguided people has a long history in Judaism. A historical understanding is essential to appreciating the underpinnings of today's conflict. The Talmud...
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Rabbi Mark Robbins
In recent weeks, developments in the Middle East and an alarming report of the International Atomic Energy Agency concentrated the world's attention on Iran's push to develop nuclear weapons. But on Dec. 19 -- nine days after international Human Rights Day -- the United Nations General Assembly reminded the world of another problematic dimension of the Iranian regime -- treatment...
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