Friday, May 29, 2015 Sivan 11, 5775

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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The notorious Goldstone report is back in the headlines. And with it comes the painful reminder of Israel's war in Gaza last winter, coupled with the scurrilous suggestion that Israel committed war crimes in its effort to halt the barrage of Hamas rockets that had terrorized its southern population for years. Israel's Foreign Ministry released its initial rebuttal to the...
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On This Particular Street, Lots of Potholes to Avoid Concerning the cover story "A New Street in Town, and So Far, It's a Little Bumpy" (Jan. 28), J Street claims to be completely pro-Israel. Its aim is to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians, since only with such an agreement in place, it argues, can Israel continue to exist...
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Birthright Israel recently marked its 10th anniversary, and we can only hope that it will be around for at least another decade. It is widely acclaimed as one of the most successful innovations to hit the American Jewish scene in decades. The program, which offers free 10-day trips for young Jewish adults in the Diaspora, was the brainchild of mega-philanthropists...
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