Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

An accord was finally reached last week whereby Israel's Magen David Adom can join the International Red Cross after more than a half-century of unjustified exclusion. The reaction to this agreement by the State of Israel and most Jewish organizations in the Diaspora has been relief mixed with euphoria. But pardon us if we aren't joining in the celebration. Though...
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After nearly a year in power, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains Israel's best hope for a peace partner. The problem, though, is that his actions still speak much louder than his "moderate" words spoken to the West. Earlier this month, Abbas named the newly opened Rafah border crossing in honor of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered five Israelis in a...
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If Abortion Rights Are Curtailed, What''s Next? As a 79-year-old male, it is highly unlikely that I''ll ever need an abortion. Still, I find the positions of the Bush/ Reagan crowd very distressing, and against the spirit of the American nation as originally conceived (Cover story: "Activists Look to Law in Abortion Debate," Dec. 1). Our nation was born in...
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By:
Robert M. Heller and Rabbi Eric Yoffie
The discussion and debate that preceded the introduction of the resolution on the Iraq war at the recent convention of the Union for Reform Judaism were intense, befitting the magnitude of the subject. In the end, the resolution - the first by any major Jewish organization (and among the first by any American religious movement) to explicitly speak to our...
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By:
Daniel Doron
It was high time for the Israeli political system, sclerotic and increasingly corrupt, to be shaken up. Unfortunately, the recent political upheaval launched by Ariel Sharon's departure from the Likud looks more like the rearranging of the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic . However sensational the rearrangements of political alignments may seem, they will probably not address the paralysis...
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