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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Yes, Virginia, there are Jews there
Posted: May 17, 2017

First, the bad news. Shockingly, we have all been hearing and reading about vicious anti-Semitic attacks in Europe: shootings, stabbings, political leaders rabble-rousing crowds to rise up against Jewish communities and to blame them for society’s ills. This has led to a large uptick in the decision by many European Jews to make aliyah and relocate to Israel. Here at home, we’re hearing more about anti-Semitism on college campuses – anti-Jewish rhetoric that is cloaked in the venomous language of “anti-Zionism,” a convenient way for Students for Justice in Palestine and similar social justice warriors to smear the Jewish people and the Jewish homeland.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Don’t cheat this time, Marwan Barghouti
Posted: May 03, 2017

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 lifestyle of late. Not like the early 2000s, when he was active and busy planning the murders of hundreds of Jews.

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
The Holocaust tested man’s true nature
Posted: April 26, 2017

A few days ago, the Jewish world observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This marks the greatest calamity in Jewish history, the cold-blooded, methodical destruction of six million innocent Jewish souls – men, women and children.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Time to start listening to immigrant leaders
Posted: April 19, 2017

Jews everywhere, myself included, have been horrified to see the beginnings of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which threatens to shatter families and communities and send people back to dangerous circumstances they fled.

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Monday 04/10/2017
Spending this year in Jerusalem
Posted: April 10, 2017

Passover in America is widely reported to be the most-celebrated Jewish holiday of them all. More American Jews will have attended Passover seders this week than will attend High Holiday services this fall. No doubt this is due, at least in part, to homemade matzah ball soup, various iterations of the recipes for sweet charoset, and a time for family and friends to get together – a time to catch up on what everyone has done over the past year.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
What made David Friedman's confirmation so contentious?
Posted: March 29, 2017

David Friedman was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate as America’s ambassador to Israel. But that was only after a highly contentious debate and, unfortunately, only because there is a Republican majority in the Senate.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
How to stop the surge in anti-Semitism
Posted: March 14, 2017

Almost daily accounts of vandalized cemeteries, spray-painted swastikas and bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish agencies have naturally evoked considerable alarm.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Should local Jewish schools require vaccinations?
Posted: February 01, 2017

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).

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