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OP-ED: The Conservative movement can, and should, welcome the intermarried

By ARNOLD EISEN and RABBIS BRADLEY SHAVIT ARTSON, JULIE SCHONFELD and STEVEN WERNICK

(JTA) — Contemporary Jewish life is graced by extraordinary blessing: We are the heirs of a Torah of compassion and justice that has grown ever more supple and vibrant because of the dynamic nature of halachah (Jewish...
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OP-ED: Harvey Weinstein shows us how perpetrators pose as victims

By RABBI RUTI REGAN

(JTA) — In an interview with The Daily Beast, George Clooney described Harvey Weinstein as a very powerful man with a tendency to hit on young beautiful women over whom he had power. Despite the “rumors” he had heard about Weinstein’s openly predatory behavior, Clooney expressed sincere...
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OP-ED: Why ‘do’ Jewish?

By RABBI JOEL HOFFMAN

The other day I was asked by a mother to explain to her 12-year-old daughter, who was putting up a fight every night about practicing his Haftarah, why it is important to have a Bat Mitzvah. She wanted my answer to the “Why be Jewish?” question...
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OP-ED: Why they keep leaving Jews out of the Holocaust

By RAFAEL MEDOFF

The Canadian government has announced it will correct a memorial plaque at its new National Holocaust Monument, which spoke of the “millions of men, women and children during the Holocaust,” but neglected to mention Jews.

Unfortunately, Canadian Minister of Heritage Melanie Joly has compounded the...
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OP-ED: An anti-Semitic smear gets another hearing

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) — Last month, former CIA officer Valerie Plame crossed a line on social media even the mainstream liberal media couldn’t ignore. Plame gained fame due to her unmasking at a time when her husband was a prominent critic of the George W. Bush administration’s Iraq...
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OP-ED: Yom Kippur regrets, reflections for 5778

As the Jewish New Year is still fresh in our minds and we are directed to consider the ways of teshuvah (repentance) prior to and including the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, it may be the time for us to think about our actions and consider ways we can improve...
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OP-ED: We have seen the future, and it looks Orthodox

By LAWRENCE GROSSMAN

(JTA) — The 2013 Pew survey “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” shows that Orthodox Judaism, while currently attracting the allegiance of only about 10 percent of all American Jews, is the fastest growing sector of the community. The high birthrate and retention rate confirmed by the survey...
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OP-ED: Why Trump’s UN speech thrilled Netanyahu — for the moment, anyway

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The number of times President Donald Trump mentioned Iran or its derivatives in his U.N. speech?

Twelve, and each time to emphasize its threat.

The number of times he mentioned the Palestinians or derivatives? That would be zero.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, paying...
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OP-ED: Conservative Judaism needs a new brand. Here’s why.

By RABBI STEVEN C. WERNICK

NEW YORK (JTA) — We are living at a moment of great disruption. We all sense it. We all experience it. It impacts every aspect of our lives — education, economics, politics, social society. Judaism is not immune to these forces.

Changes in demography; declines...
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OP-ED: Are the Democrats abandoning Israel?

By MITCHELL BARD

Some recent polls have shown a growing polarization on the formerly bipartisan issue of support for Israel. A widely cited January 2017 Pew poll, for example, found that 74% of Republicans sympathize with Israel instead of the Palestinians, compared with 33% of Democrats; support for the Palestinians was...
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