Opinions

OP-ED: Roger Waters’ Jewish problem catches eye of award-winning filmmaker

By PAUL MILLER

Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims that Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing.”

As the de facto international spokesman for the anti-Israel...
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OP-ED: Intersectionality excludes and includes. Jews must learn the difference.

By DAVID BERNSTEIN

(JTA) — Last year, I wrote an opinion piece for JTA about a term and a trend few Jews over the age of 30 had ever heard of: intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism and homophobia — are all interconnected.

According...
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OP-ED: The Chief Rabbinate’s blacklist isn’t defending Judaism. It’s undermining it.

By RABBI SETH FARBER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Over the weekend, JTA and others reported on a “blacklist of rabbis” maintained by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. The list contains the names of more than 160 rabbis whom the rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish identity of immigrants to Israel.

The list,...
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OP-ED: Why I didn’t attend the Roger Waters concert

By ALAN SMASON

During my college years there was probably no bigger fan of Pink Floyd than me. I was a longtime devotee of their particular mix of electronic sounds coupled with traditional rock trappings which elevated their unique music with ingrained political and social commentary to an almost indescribable...
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OP-ED: Pride, but no joy

This Independence Day we in New Orleans have much to be thankful for. Coming off the entire month of June, designated as “Pride Month,” we note that the once hidden and repressed LGBT community has never enjoyed more freedom and tolerance. The rainbow flags that represent the many diverse layers...
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OP-ED: Why Netanyahu did it; the brutal truth about Israel and the diaspora

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) — Non-Orthodox Jews are angry about the Israeli government’s decision to go back on its word about a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet have much to answer for as a result of a move that...
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OP-ED: Here’s how we can preserve the dignity of aging Holocaust survivors

By TODD MORGAN and MARK WILF

(JTA) — Nazi death marches crippled Mr. Cohen’s knees. The 94-year-old who survived Auschwitz now felt defeated trying to climb the stairs to his walk-up condo. He and his wife of 66 years used to be highly active in the Holocaust survivor community and...
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OP-ED: Arabists never fade away

By MITCHELL BARD

I always enjoy listening to former ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer discuss U.S. policy because he eruditely expresses the essence of the Arabist point of view. Speaking on a panel at the Association of Israel Studies conference at Brandeis, Kurtzer gave a presentation that concluded the problem...
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OP-ED: Judaism requires us to pursue the goals of the Paris climate accords

By DAVID KRAEMER

(JTA) — The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has demanded that we all ask ourselves where we stand on questions of climate change, global warming and our collective responsibility for the planet we call home.

That the earth has been warming in...
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OP-ED: Ban on partisan pulpits is key to protecting religious freedom

By RABBI JACK MOLINE

(JTA) — That small little law known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits electioneering by houses of worship and other charities and which President Trump has vowed to repeal, is exceptionally important to preserve. Even if it is not widely enforced, the permission it grants to...
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