Thursday, July 2, 2015 Tammuz 15, 5775

Israel's acceptance into the prestigious Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a welcome development at a time of increasing international isolation of the Jewish state. That the 31-member OECD -- an association of mostly wealthy democracies that promotes international trade -- put aside politics to recognize the extraordinary economic contributions of the "start-up nation" distinguishes the body from other...
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When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations earlier this month, he made his umpteenth attack on Israel and the United States. His speech prompted John Bolton, a former United States ambassador to the United Nations, who quit his post out of frustration, to tell Israel Army Radio that he is not surprised that the "head of an...
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The efforts of anti-Israel activists to pass divestment resolutions at the University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley, are troubling developments, but not for the reasons their proponents are proclaiming. These resolutions -- thwarted by pro-Israel students on campus in both cases -- hold little practical impact and likely would be overturned on technical grounds if they...
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By:
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
The book of Ruth is read at this time of year on Shavuot. Traditionally an agrarian holiday celebrating the barley harvest, Shavuot also represents the sacred marriage between Israel and the Divine. The themes of harvest and relationships are also present in the book of Ruth, which is a story of people from different faiths and cultures joining together out...
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By:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The oil-well disaster on the Gulf Coast of the United States may seem purely the product of modern technology. But there are many teachings in the Torah that focus on the spiritual failings that give rise to such disasters. The Jewish community should now take those teachings more seriously and act more vigorously to prevent such disasters in the future...
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