Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Why All the Vitriol When J Street's Brought Up? I don't understand the personal vitriol so abundant in the critiques of J-Street (Cover Story: "A New Street in Town, and So Far, It's a Little Bumpy," Jan. 28). The politics in Israel are far more robust and testy than anything put out by J Street or AIPAC, so why all...
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On This Particular Street, Lots of Potholes to Avoid Concerning the cover story "A New Street in Town, and So Far, It's a Little Bumpy" (Jan. 28), J Street claims to be completely pro-Israel. Its aim is to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians, since only with such an agreement in place, it argues, can Israel continue to exist...
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The notorious Goldstone report is back in the headlines. And with it comes the painful reminder of Israel's war in Gaza last winter, coupled with the scurrilous suggestion that Israel committed war crimes in its effort to halt the barrage of Hamas rockets that had terrorized its southern population for years. Israel's Foreign Ministry released its initial rebuttal to the...
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By:
Rabbi Howard Alpert and Edward Newman
Jewish Americans perceive a number of threats at the end of the first decade of the 21st century: Israel's security; the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in Europe, Latin America and now North America; radical Islam; and the effects of economic conditions on their communities' vitality. These external threats add to the anxiety felt by a Jewish community facing an...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham
Pope Benedict XVI just became the second pontiff in history to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome. His predecessor, John Paul II, had delivered a major address there in 1986, in which he stressed the spiritual ties between Judaism and Christianity. His remarks included these oft-quoted words: "The Jewish religion is not 'extrinsic' to us, but in a certain way...
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