Opinions

OP-ED: Catching the wave at Tulane Hillel

By YONAH SCHILLER

NEW ORLEANS (JTA) — “Hillel’s not really my thing. That’s not me.” This is not what you want to hear as a first-year Hillel director acclimating to a new campus. Yet when I arrived at Tulane University four years ago, that’s the refrain I heard as I...
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OP-ED: Lessons today from Sophie Scholl’s anti-Nazi resistance

By JUD NEWBORN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Though Sophie Scholl and the students of the White Rose resistance were executed by the Nazis 70 years ago this month, the example they set of courage in the face of authoritarian repression is as relevant today as it was seven decades ago.

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What would you give?

By ERICA BROWN/JNS.org

10,000 Hours

Legend has it that famed violinist Isaac Stern (1920-2001) was once confronted after a concert by an admirer who said the following to him: “O, Mr. Stern, I would give anything to be able to play the violin as magnificently as you do.”...
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OP-ED: The State of the Union and the Middle East – What the Record Shows

By ALAN ELSNER

Israel may be one of the United States’ closest allies but a review of State of the Union speeches for the past 20 years finds that more often than not the issue of Middle East peace and/or Israel have not been mentioned at all.

What stands out...
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OP-ED: Play the money card to push for rights for disabled

By JENNIFER LASZLO MIZRAHI

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish identity and connection are the birthright of every Jew. So why do so many Jewish institutions discriminate against Jews with disabilities?

It keeps happening because we let it happen. We make excuses by saying there isn’t enough support or enough dollars, or...
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OP-ED: FSU governments must act against rising ultranationalism

By MARK LEVIN and ANNA CHUKHNO

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Friends of Russia and Ukraine are worried. The Russian government’s recurring rhetoric about foreign meddling and fundamental differences between Russian and Western values is spurring nationalism. With Ukraine divided along linguistic and religious lines, many Ukrainians disillusioned by pervasive corruption and...
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OP-ED: Passivity against racism leads to disaster

GENEVA, Switzerland (JTA) — One of the seminal slogans of the 20th century was the historic refrain “Never again!” This cry that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust was meant to ensure that there would be no repeat of the greatest tragedy in modern European history.

The refrain remains...
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Recognizing and reporting abusers

The conviction of Nechemya Weberman to 103 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a minor on Tuesday may have been the tipping point for a problem that has long gone unrecognized or underreported in the Jewish community.

Weberman, an unlicensed therapist  and counselor and member of the Satmar...
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OP-ED: Israel’s political cycle not stuck on the right

By DAVID BERNSTEIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poised to win re-election later today, some critics of Israel’s peace and security policies worry out loud that Israel’s political cycle — its pattern of cycling alternately between the political left and right — is stuck on the right.

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Remember King for battling hate against all groups

By KENNETH JACOBSON

NEW YORK (JTA) — For those of us who closely follow the progress in America in the battles against racism and anti-Semitism, the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this year has particular relevance.

First, the King holiday, which this year is observed on...
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