Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

By:
David A. Harris
I have long admired Turkey. Yet with the outburst of animosity for Israel displayed most prominently by its prime minister in Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend, coupled with the anxiety awakened in the Turkish Jewish community, I wonder what's going on and what the future holds. If this only emanated from the "street" or from an extremist fringe, it would...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
Tu B'Shevat -- the New Year for trees that begins at sundown on Feb. 8 -- is a minor holiday, but one that grows in importance in our rapidly climate-challenged world. To the Kabbalists of 16th-century Tzfat, Tu B'Shevat was when the Tree of Life in the center of creation renewed the flow of life to the universe. They developed...
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By:
Gary Wexler
There is much to learn from how President Obama led his election campaign and broadcast his vision during the inaugural that can benefit the communal strategies of American Jewry. Yet as a marketer of Jewish life, when I raise the issue -- as I frequently do these days -- I am often told, "Stop using Obama as the example. We...
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By:
Sen. Arlen Specter
Forty-five years ago, John F. Kennedy told graduating seniors at American University that peace was the "necessary rational end of rational man." Having recently returned from a visit to the Middle East, where I met with Israeli and Arab leaders, I believe that Israel and its rivals, excluding Iran, are ready to take a rational step toward peace. But it...
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While much attention has been paid to President Barack Obama's decision to tap former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell as special envoy to the Middle East, equally significant during the president's first weeks in office are the signals he's been sending toward Iran. In his first formal television interview as president, Obama told an Arabic station that America was ready to...
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