Opinions

OP-ED: Stop hateful white power music

By MARK PITCAVAGE

NEW YORK  (JTA) — Much has been written and said of late about the underground white supremacist subculture in which Wisconsin shooter Wade Page immersed himself, and his own involvement with white power music. But one aspect of that subculture has not been given the attention it...
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The benefits of the Maccabi Games

Congratulations once again to the New Orleans Jewish Community Center and its decision to support the 30th anniversary Maccabi Games in Memphis. While it might have been easier and cheaper to have sent the Jewish athletes to Houston again, the decision to send them instead to Memphis might have been...
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OP-ED: Educate Israeli leaders on the nuances of Diaspora life

By FAINA KIRSHENBAUM

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As an immigrant to Israel, a woman and a member of the Knesset, I must juggle many sensitivities and responsibilities. I do this with great honor and try to be responsive to competing demands and ideals. Sometimes this means that I have to examine...
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OP-ED: Israel must learn from American’s unrelenting self-examination

By RALEB MAJADELE

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Among the many strengths of Israel is its strong democratic tradition. Maintaining this tradition, however, seems to be more of a challenge with every passing year.

Trends among some political parties inspired by nondemocratic instincts threaten Israel’s most essential...
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OP-ED: Don’t call Polish Jews ‘hidden’

By PIOTR KADLCIK

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Among the events at celebrations in Lublin of the Siyum HaShas, or the completion of the Daf Yomi Talmud study cycle, was a session billed as a seminar for “hidden Jews” of Poland. About 30 Jews from Poland took part in the Lublin events...
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OP-ED: ADL must reassess oppposition on gov’t’s support for parochial schools

By SHAI FRANKLIN

NEW YORK (JTA) – Jewish organizations have a lot of clout in this country, in no small part thanks to groups like the Anti-Defamation League. That’s partly why I found ADL National Director Abraham Foxman’s recent call in a JTA Op-Ed for a five-year, $2.5 billion campaign...
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OP-ED: Obama, Jewish tradition echo on health care

By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL, M.D.

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — “My son, the doctor.” Why does every Jewish mother have to have a doctor in the family? It might be because the immigrant mentality desperately desires a secure and well-paid profession, but in fact, there is a deeper reason why Jewish mothers...
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OP-ED: On Tu B’Av, remember importance of genetic testing

By ESTIE ROSE

NEW YORK (JTA) — As Jews, we don’t have many light-hearted holidays, but this week we’ll celebrate one of them, Tu b’Av. Casually known as the Jewish Valentine’s Day, Tu b’Av is the counterbalance to the most difficult of all our holidays, Tisha b’Av, which just passed. While...
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OP-ED: Sports and the many sides of silence

By AVI WEISS and AARON FRANK

(JTA) — Over the past few days, we find ourselves grappling with the concept of silence in two contrasting ways. First, a silence of indifference, acquiescence and complicity, and second, a silence of strength, principle and memory. In the case of the Penn State...
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OP-ED: Birthright’s triumphs and flaws

By RACHEL COHEN

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (JTA) – After being privileged last year to go on a Taglit-Birthright trip with 40 students from Johns Hopkins University, last month I traveled with 12 other student leaders to Israel and the West Bank with J Street U. Since...
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