Friday, May 22, 2015 Sivan 4, 5775
By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Israelis and Palestinians are about to take a giant step backwards that might help them move toward peace. After more than 16 years of face-to-face negotiations, they are on the verge of reverting to indirect talks through an American mediator. It is a sign of the lack of trust between the adversaries, and their lack of real commitment to what...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham
Pope Benedict XVI just became the second pontiff in history to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome. His predecessor, John Paul II, had delivered a major address there in 1986, in which he stressed the spiritual ties between Judaism and Christianity. His remarks included these oft-quoted words: "The Jewish religion is not 'extrinsic' to us, but in a certain way...
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By:
Rabbi Howard Alpert and Edward Newman
Jewish Americans perceive a number of threats at the end of the first decade of the 21st century: Israel's security; the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in Europe, Latin America and now North America; radical Islam; and the effects of economic conditions on their communities' vitality. These external threats add to the anxiety felt by a Jewish community facing an...
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By:
Betsy R. Sheerr
Millions of lives -- and the future of a tiny nation -- are still in jeopardy. No, we're not talking about Israel, but Haiti -- that small, impoverished island nation. Within hours of a catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Israel and the United States led the way in rescue and recovery. President Barack Obama spoke movingly: "In times...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
As the Jewish calendar heads toward Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for the trees, we'd do well to remember that water flows through their lives and ours: We drink, bathe in, cook with and flush some 100 gallons each and every day. Water pours through the Torah, too -- it floats Noah's ark, drowns Pharaoh's army, gushes out of rocks,...
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