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Let us break our current political intolerance

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The shooting in Alexandria, Virgina, that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) could have been a horrifying massacre. That it wasn’t was a…

A call for thoughtful dialogue

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The human capacity to devise new ways to disrupt, terrorize, injure and kill appears limitless. And so it was on June 14 that James T. Hodgkin…

Our frenemy Qatar

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The oil-rich sheikdom Qatar is much like its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula – undemocratic, ruled by a minority clan, both a U.S. ally and…

Netanyahu calls Trump’s bluff on settlement construction

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently wants to convince us that he is not interested in reaching a peace deal, but in maintaini…

The U.N. and Anti-Semitism

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres last April vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism, and called the denial of Israel’s righ…

Reunited Jerusalem at 50

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The celebrations of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem have been going on in that city since last month’s Jerusalem Day. This week,…

A nastier, more brutish budget

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National Jewish organizations are notoriously prolific when it comes to issuing press releases. So the near silence that followed the issuance…

Letter to the Editor

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Ben Cohen's commentary “Trump crisis shouldn't mask new opportunities for Mideast peace” (May 26 issue of Jewish News) is distressing. The art…

Beginning a new chapter

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As you probably noticed, last week’s issue introduced a new design, reflecting a new chapter of the Jewish News after last year’s change in ow…

Haredi Israel in 2059

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Israel’s fast-growing haredi Orthodox population is, in many ways, distinct from mainstream Jewish Israelis, whether secular, traditional or m…

Trump crisis shouldn’t mask new opportunities for Mideast peace

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By any standards, last week was an extraordinary one for U.S.-Israel relations – and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Is…

Yes, Virginia, there are Jews there

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First, the bad news. Shockingly, we have all been hearing and reading about vicious anti-Semitic attacks in Europe: shootings, stabbings, poli…

Recipes for disunity

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For decades, haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status q…

Independence Day: free at last?

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Israel’s 69th year of independence as a modern state by Jews and for Jews causes us to reflect on the words from “Hatikvah”: “LeHiyot Am Chofs…

Facing the toxic brew of politics and religion

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Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day, a…

Don’t cheat this time, Marwan Barghouti

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According to the latest pictures I’ve seen of Marwan Barghouti, he can use a little dieting. He’s grown a bit heavier, with his sedentary life…

Is this really happening in NYC?

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Gentrification is a serious issue in many large cities. Rising real estate values, which are generally a sign of economic health, can bring wi…

The Holocaust tested man’s true nature

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A few days ago, the Jewish world observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This marks the greatest calamity in Jewish history, the cold…

A new dawn at the UN?

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On Sunday, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres made a series of statements that were unusual for the world body and its chief executive. H…

Spicer’s Yom Hashoah lesson

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It would be simple to play the moral outrage card on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s confused comparison of Syrian President Bashar …