Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774
By:
Barak Mendelsohn
Hillary Rodham Clinton's first visit to the Middle East as secretary of state signaled a departure, though not a clean break, from the policies of the previous administration. Clinton pledged $900 million in aid to the Palestinians and her criticism of Israel's tight control of the border crossings into the Gaza Strip reaffirmed the administration's stated commitment to the Palestinian...
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David Magerman
As president of the Kohelet Foundation, and as a parent and board member of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, I applaud the passionate support our community has demonstrated for the Saligman Middle School and the wonderful education it provides. The community's grass-roots efforts demonstrate deep concern for our school. However, while congratulating the community for its boldness...
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Rodger Kamenetz
Purim is one of my favorite holidays. Living in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras takes over the city for two weeks every year, we know how to do Purim right. Masking is a fun part of Purim, but the fun also masks a serious point: The book of Esther, the last of the five scrolls, never mentions God by name...
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Shelley Kapnek Rosenberg
A recent transdenominational study shows significant support among North American congregations for embracing diverse populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. That's the good news. Less positive -- but not surprising -- was the finding that 73 percent of the 760 rabbis responding to the survey felt that their congregations were doing a good or excellent job welcoming LGBTQ...
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Gregg J. Rickman
The 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance -- otherwise known as the Durban Conference -- was a parley hijacked by radicals betraying the real purpose of the event -- the confrontation of racial discrimination worldwide. The April 2009 Durban II conference promises to top that fiasco, despite the Obama administration's decision to attempt to influence...
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