Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

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:
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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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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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:
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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