Friday, July 31, 2015 Av 15, 5775

By:
Shai Franklin
Durban II has concluded, and nearly everyone has gone home. Next month, however, brings an event far more significant and substantive than any racism-review document or yet another outrageous speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The United States will formally join the United Nations Human Rights Council. Unlike the one-shot Durban Review Conference known as Durban II, the Human Rights...
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Is U.S. Move to Join Human Rights Council a Smart One?
By:
Gregg J. Rickman
On May 12, the United States won election to a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. The only reason for joining such a morally bereft institution would be the fanciful hope of reforming it. Those with experience dealing with the council suggest differently, offering that we should expect outcomes not much different than that of the old U.N. Human...
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Har Zion and Its Rabbi Defined Wynnefield Shtetl I lived in the last days of "the Wynnefield shtetl," walking to Har Zion Temple with other kids on Shabbat mornings. In the early 1970s, Rabbi Wolpe was my rabbi and his sons were my friends (Obituaries: "Gerald I. Wolpe, Longtime Rabbi at Har Zion, Dies at 81," May 21). It was...
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American Jews, like all Americans, have much at stake in the next appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Which is why we need to pay close attention to President Barack Obama's nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as the Senate confirmation process gets under way. Jewish groups were quick to identify with her poignant personal story and point out the significance of her...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham and Rabbi Ruth Langer
The ranges of Jewish and Catholic reactions to Pope Benedict XVI's journey to Jordan and Israel reveal more about the dynamics of interfaith discourse than about the trip itself. The pope's trip, in its symbolic opportunities, largely duplicated that of John Paul II in 2000, creating obvious points of comparison. Because of differences between these two men's biographies and personalities,...
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