There’s no face like chesed for the holidays

Now that the Chanukah holiday has ended and the Jewish community finds itself in a torrent of advertising adorned with red and green ribbons for the Christmas holiday, there are the usual questions about what we as Jews should do.

Ignoring the celebration is akin to not acknowledging the elephant...
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OP-ED: Passage of German law won’t stifle debate on ritual circumcision


BERLIN (JTA) — German parliament passage of legislation to protect male circumcision for religious purposes occurred, coincidentally, during Chanukah. The holiday celebrates the Jewish uprising against the Syrian Greeks more than two millennia ago. It was a revolt triggered by religious persecution, including punishment by death for...
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OP-ED: On Israel, Obama brings Moynihan to mind


JERUSALEM (JTA)  — Those who view American-Israel relations through a dualistic “are you pro-Israel or anti-Israel” lens must be confused. In one week, the United States stands virtually alone with Israel against the Palestinians’ upgrade of their status at the United Nations, then immediately condemns Israel’s settlement...
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OP-ED: Chanukah, Soviet Jewry and the unceasing battle for freedom


CHICAGO (JTA) — During the past month, Israelis found themselves yet again on the front lines of a struggle they did not seek but which history delivered to their doors courtesy of radical Islam.

Again, terrorist rockets forced them into bomb shelters. Again, the Israel Defense...
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OP-ED: Take that Henry Ford! New Ford COO is Jewish


WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI (JTA) — It’s no secret that Henry Ford was a notorious anti-Semite, and his company’s dealings with the Nazi Party during the Holocaust are well documented. But the company’s story has changed drastically in recent years. The Ford family’s donation of a rare 500-year-old...
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OP-ED: Where have all the student activists gone?


NEW YORK (JTA) — Twenty-five years ago, I joined hundreds of thousands of my fellow Americans — Jews and others — on the National Mall to draw attention to the plight of Soviet Jews. We were united by a simple belief that the Soviet Union, by denying...
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OP-ED: Jewish groups have made great strides in gay inclusion – but must do more

BOSTON (JTA) — At the 2009 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews and their allies gathered in a small room on the ninth floor of the conference hotel. The event was not part of the official GA program,...
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OP-ED: Back Egypt’s democratic forces with fervor


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The outrage and political ferment that arose in Egypt after President Morsi’s recent decision to centralize power in his own hands is, in fact, the true beginning of the Arab Spring that erupted in Tunisia and Egypt two years ago.  A newly empowered Egyptian...
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Pro-Israel rally cuts across community

The Jewish community of New Orleans has never been more galvanized nor more committed to the State of Israel than over the course of the past several weeks as tensions ignited into open conflict between the factions in Hamas and the Israeli government. Even though a shaky cease-fire had gone...
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OP-ED: The ‘four C’s’ in appraising the community’s approach to the disabled.


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Many years ago, when I bought an engagement ring for my wife, I learned about the four C’s in appraising and purchasing diamonds. Last week I learned about other precious jewels in our community and participated with more than 100 others from across...
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