Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
In a free country, the public square is and ought to be a marketplace for the competition of ideas. It is inevitable that religion is part of that debate. The question is what is appropriate behavior for those who seek to share their faith with others? Into that gray area the so-called "Jews for Jesus" group has marched, setting off...
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Historian and Shalem Center fellow Michael Oren writes in The Wall Street Journal ( www.opinionjournal.com ) on Aug. 23 that Israeli army duty in Gaza left him pained but proud: "My feelings were, at best, ambivalent. I wanted to end Israel's occupation of Gaza's 1.4 million Palestinians and preserve Israel's Jewish majority, but feared abetting the terrorists' claim that Israel...
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Columnist Max Boot writes in the Los Angeles Times ( www.latimes.com ) on Aug. 17 that the pullout from Gaza is worth the risk to Israel, if not the West: "For almost 40 years, the conceit has been growing around the world that Palestinian terrorism can be explained and even excused by Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza...
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After the Storm As traumatic as the withdrawal from Gaza may have been for those involved, all who care about Israel can heave a sigh of relief this week that our worst nightmares were not realized. Yes, the scenes of families being forced out of their homes were heartbreaking. So, too, was the dilemma of Israeli soldiers and police who...
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The spectacle of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza has evoked a variety of emotions from American Jews who follow the drama from afar. Many of us grieve at the loss of homes and the sacrifice of decades worth of building as the Jewish communities there are dismantled. Others are happy that the burden of staying in Gaza has been lifted from...
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