Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775

Readers react to opinions that God had reasons why the Connecticut shootings took place, and the co-authors of a book on media bias respond to criticism of their work.
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By:
Daniel Sokatch
Last week, another concerted attempt to repress dissent washed up on American shores. Im Tirtzu, an Israeli group infamous for its attacks on human rights organizations, Arab Israelis and Ben-Gurion University, placed an advertisement in some American Jewish papers condemning the New Israel Fund and the human rights organizations we support.
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By:
Ronen Shoval
The claim that Im Tirtzu, a small Zionist student group that questions the New Israel Fund, is attempting to curtail debate is an accusation truly Orwellian in its implications. Im Tirtzu isn’t suppressing debate, we are participating in it.
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Up, Up and Away!
What is the most effective philanthropic program the Jewish community has initiated in the last few decades? Without question, according to our cover story on Israel travel, the answer has to be Birthright.
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As we continue to seek comfort from our faith, our families and our community in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, now is the time to turn our anguish into action, to take meaningful and concrete steps to get lethal weapons off the streets and out of our communities.
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