Opinions

OP-ED: The Fielkow Era beckons

The news this week is very good. Good for the Jewish community. Good for the New Orleans community. And especially good for the future of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.

After an exhaustive nationwide search, the committee charged with finding the replacement for the retiring executive director of...
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OP-ED: Dear President Macron: It’s time to reinforce France’s ties with Israel

By SIMONE RODAN-BENZAQUEN and JULIE DeCROIX

PARIS (JTA) — In the French presidential campaign just concluded, discussion of foreign policy was largely forgotten. Nonetheless, Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, faces several critical global issues, among them the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

If France would like to play a role, she must...
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OP-ED: Making the most of technology in Jewish education

By LEWIS J. BERNSTEIN and SHIRA ACKERMAN

(JTA) — You’ve seen the advertisements: A fit young woman pedals a stationary bicycle while an instructor on a video screen shouts encouragement. The company, Peloton, promises “fitness at your fingertips,” and both “live and on demand” spin classes and “world class instructors,” all...
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OP-ED: College doesn’t turn Jews away from Judaism

By LAWRENCE KOHLER-BERKOWITZ

(JTA) — In a recent analysis of U.S. religious groups, the Pew Research Center reported that the most educated American Jews are also the least religious.

In considering these findings, it’s tempting to think that secular education leads to assimilation among American Jews (I want to be clear that Pew,...
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OP-ED: For unity’s sake, let Jews everywhere vote in Israeli elections

By RABBI JOSHUA HAMMERMAN

(JTA) — As Israel turns 69, world Jewry is in a state of crisis. Israel and American Jewry are drifting apart, and within each of those groups we’re seeing increased polarization on fundamental issues like the two-state solution, Israel’s democratic vs. Jewish nature and the definition...
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OP-ED: Myth: Palestinians Want a Peaceful State Alongside Israel

By MORTON KLEIN and DANIEL MANDEL

Discussion of the Arab/Israeli situation is often unilluminating because so much of it is based on groundless assumptions and stubborn fictions. Perhaps the most pervasive one today afflicting the international political class is the notion that Palestinian Arabs primarily desire a state of their...
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OP-ED: The Palestinians don’t want Mandela

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) — Palestinian internal politics and liberal hostility to Israel came together at The New York Times this month.

The newspaper provoked a firestorm of criticism through its decision to publish an article on the eve of Passover authored by Marwan Barghouti, the imprisoned mastermind of...
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OP-ED: Iran is trying to provoke a Russia-U.S. hot war in Syria

By MARK LANGFAN

When you boil Syria down to its principal players, there are only three: Russia, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.  With Assad’s chemical attack, people have been misdirected from the reality by blaming the powerless Assad.  But Assad doesn’t move without direct Iranian...
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The soon-to-be empty seat at our seder table

At Passover we all sit down and hear the story of the Exodus from Egypt recounted in our Haggadahs. It is the central holiday of the Jewish people in which we celebrate freedom and our right to self-determination.

In the coming months we will have another exodus from within our...
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OP-ED: How to get 1 million more terrorists into the Palestinian Authority

By MARK LANGFAN

When the Oslo Accords were signed, everyone heard Rabin, Peres, and their coterie of messianic left-wing generals say: If anything goes wrong in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), we’ll go back in and wipe them out. Ariel Sharon did go back into Judea and Samaria and...
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