Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
One year after a federal raid on the nation's largest kosher meat-packing plant, the Jewish community is rightly engaged in constructive dialogue about just what it means to be kosher. The May 12, 2008 raid nabbed 389 undocumented workers at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa. The owners of the plant face charges of labor violations, money-laundering and immigration fraud...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stumped the pundits this week, welcoming negotiations with the Palestinians, giving tacit support to a congressional letter calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and appointing a widely respected moderate as his ambassador to the United States. His pledge that he is committed to negotiations with the Palestinians was made via satellite to...
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It is a travesty that 61 years after its creation, Israel is still being forced to justify its existence as a Jewish state. When the United Nations mandated the partition of Palestine into two states in November 1947, its declared intention was to divide the land into "independent Arab and Jewish states." Israel declared its independence six months later and...
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It would be tempting to dismiss the anti-Israel ravings that launched the conference on racism in Geneva with a simple "I told you so." Israel and its global supporters would certainly be justified in doing so after hearing the not-unexpected diatribes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he opened the gathering this week. If anything, the tone set by Ahmadinejad...
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You have to wonder whether it's more than a coincidence that a U.N.-sponsored conference on racism -- widely expected to blame Israel for much of the world's ills -- is set to begin in Geneva on April 20, the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birthday. Or that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust and called for the elimination...
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