Opinions

OP-ED: Why does the world need Israel?

By ARKADY MAMAYSKY

In a March 9, 2013 Jerusalem Post op-ed title Narrowing the Gap between American and Israeli Jews, I presented some thoughts about how to forge closer bonds between Jews in Israel and the Diaspora to ensure that we remain a single people, rather than just coreligionists. The...
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OP-ED: Netanyahu must take a page from Sadat

By RABBI MARC SCHNEIER

NEW YORK (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is correct to describe a new proposal by the Arab League to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as “a very big step forward.” Yet there will be no serious movement toward peace until Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
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OP-ED: Mahmous Abbas can’t meet Israel’s basic requirement for peace

By MOSHE ARENS

At an Independence Day reception for foreign diplomats, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians. “Peace will be based on the principle of two states for two peoples,” he said. “This we recognized 65 years ago when under Ben-Gurion’s leadership the...
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OP-ED: Time to replace programmatic model of Jewish affiliation

By RON WOLFSON

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It’s that time of year, when Jewish institutions pull out their 2013-14 calendars and fill them with events. Many of the programs are very good, with clever names and slick marketing: Jews and Brews, for young Federation leadership; L’mazeltov, for expectant parents; Torah...
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OP-ED: Don’t ruin Robinson’s Arch (Kotel)

By ANNE MINTZ

NEW YORK (JTA) — I have mixed emotions about Natan Sharansky’s proposed agreement to expand the public space at the Western Wall to include the currently secluded area known as Robinson’s Arch.

As a lifelong Conservative Jew, I applaud any plan that seeks to treat egalitarian worshipers...
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OP-ED: Civil marriage in Israel – the time has come

BY SUSIE GELMAN

(Washington Jewish Week) — With all of the many issues confronting the state of Israel – the Iranian nuclear threat, the challenges of renewing meaningful peace talks with the Palestinians, the increasing social divisions in Israeli society, an unconventional and somewhat precarious coalition government, serious deficits in...
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OP-ED: Jews should work to reduce fossil fuels, not ally with gas and oil companies

By SYBIL SANCHEZ and DAVID SEIDENBERG

NEW YORK (JTA) – Four weeks ago, JTA reported on a new alliance between Jewish leaders and domestic gas and oil companies. Called the Council for a Secure America, the alliance is based on a “common interest” between American Jews and domestic energy companies...
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Yom Hashoah community memorial event evokes tears, gratitude

The Yom Hashoah Community-Wide Holocaust Memorial event held this past Sunday night at the Uptown JCC was another spectacularly planned and extremely well executed program. The Yom Hashoah Memorial Committee composed of Holocaust survivors, children of survivors, community leaders and religious advisors showed remarkable insight in inviting the Honorable Stuart...
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How to say ‘never again’ and mean it

By BEN COHEN/JNS.org

As we mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 8 for the 60th consecutive year — this somber day was first placed onto the Jewish calendar in 1953, at the instigation of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion — we again ask ourselves a deceptively...
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OP-ED: Jews obliged to intervene on behalf of WIC program

By ABBY LEIBMAN and STEVE GUTOW

WASHINGTON (JTA) — One act, more than any other, is indispensible from the Passover story: If God had not intervened, we would still be slaves. There would have been no Exodus, no Sinai, no bright future for the Jewish people. For the sake of...
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