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In his month in office, President Donald Trump has challenged several long-standing American policies, only to back off later. The result has been to leave unclear exactly what American policy is toward China, Russia or NATO, among other things.
Why aren’t Muslim countries welcoming refugees?
This is on open letter to Arizona senators Jeff Flake and John McCain from two college students who are members of J Street U, the college and university campus organizing arm of J Street.
Until modern times, the Talmud was a major Jewish preoccupation. This sprawling compendium of the law, lore and commentary of successive generations of early rabbinic scholars provided Jews with a human map for following the law of the Hebrew Bible and the six books of the Mishna.
Shmuel Bar, a former Israeli intelligence officer and founder of a company that sifts social media messages for terrorist threats, was recently disinvited from speaking on a panel at a London think tank. He was told that since a Saudi official would be attending the session, the Israeli couldn’t be seen in attendance with him. As related last week in Bloomberg Businessweek, “Bar told the organizers that he and the Saudi gentleman had, in fact, been planning to have lunch together at a Moroccan restaurant nearby before walking over to the event together.”
In the many years that I have been reading the Jewish News, I never recall an editorial that dealt exclusively with politics and, other than expressions from Jewish organizations, had nothing to do with Jewish life or Jewish affairs in the Valley. So if we are going to get involved in politics, then so be it (“Punishing Muslims for being Muslims,” Jewish News, Feb. 3).
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Most of the organized Jewish community, along with most civil libertarians, shuddered as the new administration issued an executive order effectively targeting Muslims who want to immigrate to the United States.
Recently, a part of the Orthodox Jewish community in Los Angeles was struck by a serious outbreak of measles due to the actions of some parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. So far, 20 people have been infected by the disease. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, none of these families were able to provide concrete proof that their children had been vaccinated. Not only was this choice counter to the interest of their children, it was a flagrant violation of the law (California lifted religious exemptions from vaccinations six months ago).
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.