Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774
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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By:
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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By:
Robert Wistrich
T he Muslim Brotherhood did not initiate the current upheavals in the Middle East, but the Islamist parties in Egypt, as in Tunisia and Libya, have been the chief beneficiaries of the collapse of longstanding authoritarian, repressive regimes across North Africa. In Egypt itself, the two largest Islamist groups -- the Brotherhood and the Salafists -- won about three quarters...
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By:
Asaf Romirowsky
With this year's National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference set to take place at the University of Pennsylvania in early February, it's important to understand what the BDS movement is all about and what its ultimate goals are. The movement's focus is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it specifically demonizes Israel while propagating the notion of Palestinian victimhood in order to...
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In 1887, just months after the Statue of Liberty extended her torch to welcome immigrants to America, the Jewish Exponent was launching what would soon become a critical lifeline for the Jewish newcomers finding their way to this region. That's right. The Exponent turns 125 this year, marking a century and a quarter of this community-building enterprise. It served as...
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