Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

Interfaith dialogue must be based on the principle that respect is a two-way street
By:
Jonathan S. Tobin
In 1263, the great Spanish scholar Rabbi Moses ben Nahman, better known as Nahmanides, was summoned to Barcelona by King James I of Aragon to engage in a rather stressful form of interfaith dialogue with representatives of the Dominican and Franciscan religious orders. Their debate is known to history as the Disputation of Barcelona. The purpose of those who initiated...
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It is a given that Israel has no good options available to it in dealing with the Hamas leadership of Gaza and its determination to continue raining missiles down on southern Israel. No one in the Jewish state wishes to reoccupy Gaza in order to stop it from being a launching pad for nonstop terror; the casualties on both sides...
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The New York Times reported last week that Iran had begun to deploy a new generation of centrifuges that can be used to fuel nuclear reactors or, after more processing, nuclear weapons. This revelation came days after the U.S. director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, told Congress that he now regrets how his agency's National Intelligence Estimate about the Iranian...
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When It Comes to Iraq, Is Anyone Better Off? Concerning whether the neocons were wrong (A Matter of Opinion: "Were They Really So Wrong?" Jan. 31) in determining if America should fight Islamic terror, the answer is: Of course, they were! Do we want to force democracy on Arabs? That's as stupid as Hamas winning an election. Staying in Iraq...
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By:
Morton A. Klein
Do Jews outside Israel have the right to criticize Israeli policies relating to defense and security matters or eternal issues, like concessions on Jerusalem? Some argue that while Diaspora Jews may debate a range of Israeli policies, national security and defense policies should be debated only by Israelis, seeing that only Israelis directly reap the benefits -- or pay the...
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