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OP-ED: Weddings are lovely; it’s the marriage that counts

By CINDY SHER

CHICAGO (JTA) — My sister was married on a beautiful summer day many years ago.

Those of us in the wedding party took pictures in a garden before the ceremony. As maid of honor, one of my duties was to hold up the train of her dress...
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OP-ED: Poles carry their own hatred for Jews

By MORDECHAI HARELI

(JNS.org) — I know there is a dialogue taking place between the Israeli and Polish governments over Poland’s recently enacted Holocaust law, but a few historical points must not be ignored.

Last week’s joint statement from the prime ministers of Israel and Poland notes that “the governments of Poland and...
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OP-ED: Justice Kennedy’s retirement a huge blow to the future of our rights

By INA DAVIS and MADDIE FIREMAN, Special to the CCJN

The retirement of Justice Kennedy bodes ill for the future of many issues the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) cares deeply about and that affect all Americans and others living in our country. From reproductive rights to civil rights,...
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OP-ED: U.S. immigation policies are straight out of the Bible — the story of Sodom

By RABBI JILL JACOBS 

NEW YORK (JTA) — Last week, I visited McAllen, Texas, with a group of clergy — including 10 rabbis — to bear witness to the situation on the border, where new policies are forcing the detention and separation of families and the refusal to hear asylum claims from...
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OP-ED: Charles Krauthammer: ‘How dreams of peace led to Israel’s biggest mistake’

(JTA) — On June 10, 2002, Charles Krauthammer delivered the Distinguished Rennert Lecture upon receiving the Guardian of Zion Award from Bar-Ilan University’s Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies. Below is an excerpt from the lecture titled “He Tarries: Jewish Messianism and the Oslo Peace.” 

In the 1990s, America slept and Israel...
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OP-ED: The road to LGBTQ acceptance in Israel was bumpy (I should know)

By JONATHAN DANILOWITZ

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Tel Aviv has been decked out in rainbow flags for weeks. Suddenly, it seems, every restaurant, coffee shop and store is super “gay friendly.”

The city’s Pride Parade is traditionally held on the second Friday of June. Fifteen years ago, estimates were that...
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OP-ED: That last unthinkable act

By ALAN SMASON

We lost two very industrious, highly visible celebrities this past week; two souls who were successful in so many ways.

Even I knew the value of a Kate Spade handbag. In the world of fashion, her name was one that had secured a place reserved for only...
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OP-ED: Cry for us, Argentina

By GUSTAVO D. PEREDNIK

  The cancellation of an event as well-publicized in the media as the World Cup soccer warm-up match between Argentina and Israel requires an immediate PR counterattack from Israel and the Jewish world. What unfortunately succeeded in frightening superstar Lionel Messi and the other members...
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OP-ED: The Presbyterian Church has been hijacked by anti-Israel activists

By RABBI NOAM E. MARANS

NEW YORK (JTA) — Since 2004, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has engaged in a biennial ritual of obsessive, relentless anti-Israel demonization. The church’s upcoming General Assembly in St. Louis will be no exception.

Multiple mainline Protestant denominations have considered anti-Israel resolutions and initiatives. However, no...
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OP-ED: One Jewish people, two dissonant tribes

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS)– What do you do about a relative who loves you but won’t listen to your concerns?

That’s the likely American Jewish reaction to news about a new poll of Israeli opinion that signals both good and bad news to those who care about the relationship...
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