Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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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Israel and the West have much at stake in Turkey, which is why President Barack Obama's visit there this week was watched so closely. Turkey sits at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, a secular democracy with a Muslim majority, some of whom worry that an Islamic state could displace the status quo. Obama used his address to the Turkish...
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When we sit down to our seders next week, this year, as always, the central character of the Exodus story will be missing from the Haggadah. For many commentators, Moses' absence from the retelling of our journey from slavery to freedom only enhances his stature as one of the great Jewish leaders of all time. There are various explanations for...
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