Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Elul 18, 5775

By:
Jon Haber
As with most controversies surrounding anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, including the upcoming BDS conference at the University of Pennsylvania, the debate has centered on free speech versus hate speech. Although First Amendment issues are always worth discussing, such talk misses one of the most important aspects of BDS: What a loser of a campaign it has been...
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Tu B'Shevat may be a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar but it has blossomed in the modern era as a time to connect with Israel and the environment. As concern grows over the creeping forces that are destroying our planet, Tu B'Shevat is an apt time to focus on the ecological well-being of the world in which we...
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The speculation about Iran is reaching fever pitch, much of it focused on whether Israel will or won't stage a military attack against Tehran's nuclear installations. As JTA reports this week (see page 15), Israel and the United States are sending mixed signals about their intentions and their red lines. With the international community rallied against its nuclear ambitions, Iran's...
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By:
Rabbi Yonah Gross
Many of us have seen the disturbing images from Israel in recent weeks portraying Jews against other Jews in a so-called religious struggle. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. Such misguided zealotry by a small group of misguided people has a long history in Judaism. A historical understanding is essential to appreciating the underpinnings of today's conflict. The Talmud...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Can there be anything more reprehensible than the recent spectacle of haredi Orthodox Jewish boys wearing yellow stars of David and striped black-and-white concentration camp uniforms at a demonstration in Jerusalem? Offended by Israeli authorities' efforts to curtail abuse of women and girls in haredi neighborhoods, the demonstrators desecrated the memory of the more than 1.5 million Jewish children whose...
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