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A call for thoughtful dialogue

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. Hodgkinson, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, turned the congressional Republican team’s practice for the next day’s baseball game for charity into a bloodbath.
Wednesday 06/14/2017
Our frenemy Qatar
Posted: June 14, 2017

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 an active sponsor of extremists. Much the same can be said of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the other countries that last week severed relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the small country.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Reunited Jerusalem at 50
Posted: June 07, 2017

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, with the anniversary of the Six Day War on the secular calendar, there was another opportunity to think about the significance of Israel bringing the entire capital city under its control – a city which was the nation’s capital when King David conquered it some 3,000 years ago.

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Thursday 06/01/2017
A nastier, more brutish budget
Posted: June 01, 2017

National Jewish organizations are notoriously prolific when it comes to issuing press releases. So the near silence that followed the issuance of President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget on May 23 was surprising. In general terms, the budget raises defense spending at the expense of social programs and argues that it will pay for itself through a dubious projection of a 3 percent annual growth in GDP.

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
Haredi Israel in 2059
Posted: May 24, 2017

Israel’s fast-growing haredi Orthodox population is, in many ways, distinct from mainstream Jewish Israelis, whether secular, traditional or modern Orthodox. Like many Israeli Arabs, large segments of the haredi community have an ambivalent relationship with the state. The haredi community, like its Arab counterpart, is also marked by high levels of poverty.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Recipes for disunity
Posted: May 17, 2017

For decades, haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status questions, such as who may marry and whose conversions are kosher in the eyes of the state. The latest attempt comes from the Sephardic haredi party Shas, which last week submitted a bill to the Knesset that would invalidate all conversions to Judaism performed in Israel except for those performed under the auspices of the haredi-dominated Chief Rabbinate.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Facing the toxic brew of politics and religion
Posted: May 10, 2017

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, and why you should, as well.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Is this really happening in NYC?
Posted: May 03, 2017

Gentrification is a serious issue in many large cities. Rising real estate values, which are generally a sign of economic health, can bring with them upper-income residents who displace lower-income tenants from developing neighborhoods. There is nothing new about this problem. But are Jews to blame for it? One Democratic candidate for the New York City Council is arguing that they are.

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
A new dawn at the UN?
Posted: April 26, 2017

On Sunday, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres made a series of statements that were unusual for the world body and its chief executive. He vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism and called denial of Israel’s right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred.

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