Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Shevat 8, 5775

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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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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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:
Lisa Eisen
President Barack Obama has made national and community service a cornerstone of his vision for transforming our country. The intimate linkage between his inauguration and his call for widespread participation in the national day of service on Martin Luther King Day actualizes his vision of igniting long-term commitment to meaningful community service. As we celebrate this historic inauguration, the Jewish...
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By:
Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Editor's Note: Rabbi Leonard Gordon returned on Jan. 16 from a mission to Israel sponsored by the Masorti (Conservative) movement. The following is an excerpt from the blog he kept during the trip, which coincided with the war in Gaza. JERUSALEM I am writing at the end of a long day spent close to Gaza. No previous experience I have...
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