Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

Tu B'Shevat may be a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar but it has blossomed in the modern era as a time to connect with Israel and the environment. As concern grows over the creeping forces that are destroying our planet, Tu B'Shevat is an apt time to focus on the ecological well-being of the world in which we...
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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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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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It would be easy to dismiss him as a crackpot -- the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times who suggested that one Israeli response to the threat from Iran would be to assassinate President Barack Obama. But to do so would be to ignore an opportunity to reap some important lessons from the furor he created in the...
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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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