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The hardest part of   Yom Kippur

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Many would say the hardest part of Yom Kippur is fasting. For others the hardest part is being in a synagogue for so long or saying the Kaddis…

Confessions of a liberal Zionist

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I am a knee-jerk liberal. I am in favor of reproductive rights, universal health care, gun control, protecting the environment, the decriminal…

At best, the status quo

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Will continued pummeling of the Palestinians bring them to heel? Or, more specifically, will additional sanctions bring them to the peace tabl…

A second look at Rutgers anti-Semitism charge

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In reopening a probe of anti-Semitism at Rutgers University, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights may find in a 2011 inc…

O, Canada!

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What are we doing in a trade war with Canada? Why have we inducted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into some new axis of evil? And why is Presid…

Israeli military officer: I stand with the Druze

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Israel’s new “nation-state” law, which is widely viewed here as clumsy, unnecessary and unwise, must be amended. That’s why I was proud to joi…

Israel doesn’t need Rodrigo Duterte

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We learned a number of interesting facts last week during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel. For example, we learned tha…

Exploiting children for propaganda: Beyond the Ahed Tamimi campaign

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In the Middle East propaganda wars, 2018 is the “year of the child,” at least for the Palestinians.

The inconvenient truth about Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian terrorism

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Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, the entity that rules the West Bank, (otherwise known as Judea and Samaria) has been app…

Welcoming 5779

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As we prepare to welcome the Jewish New Year, beginning at sundown on Sunday, we can’t help but wonder what the coming year will bring. We hav…

A Jabotinsky Zionist reply to Ronald Lauder

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Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, following up his March 18 New York Times tirade against Israeli settlers and several ot…

Coping with COPIA’s strong-arm tactics

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Questions of communal free speech are always tested on the periphery. Last week, such a test played out in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., wh…

The not-so-new Saudi Arabia

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For all the hype about the “new Saudi Arabia” — women drivers, movies, clerics put in their place, cooperation with Israel — the oil kingdom i…

Why we still need heroes like John McCain

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Anybody who pays attention to contemporary popular culture knows that stories about heroism are passé. But why then do we still long for them?…

Interest in Israel and Judaism is alive and well on campus

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The online nonprofit site “The Conversation” ran an article by Northeastern University Professor Dov Waxman titled, “As Israel turns 70, many …

Justice, honesty and the Episcopalian bishop

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In Jewish tradition, justice and mercy share an uneasy balance. But strict justice, without more, produces evil in the world. Indeed, we are b…

Rashida Tlaib’s shifting positions

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Rashida Tlaib, the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, supports positions that are becoming familiar for candidat…

Israel’s restricted border door

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This has become the season of a new kind of #MeToo — of left-leaning critics of Israel who have been stopped at the border and questioned unde…

Time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights

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Because of creeping Iranian entrenchment on Israel’s northern border with Syria on the Golan Heights, two weeks ago the Israel Defense Forces …

From Vilnius to the Vatican

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On the streets of the former Jewish ghettos of Vilnius, rain pounded on umbrellas as an unlikely group walked the cobblestones. Some wore hams…