Opinions

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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Presidential politics: we publish, you decide

Two recent opinion columns were uploaded today to our Opinions column. The first is by former U. S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN). He advocates for Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, suggesting he has been a friend to Israel. The second is by former World Jewish Congress president Edgar Bronfman...
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OP-ED: Obama has helped make Israel safer

By EDGAR M. BRONFMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Throughout a half-century of international diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream. They tell you what you want to hear and call other people names. Friends and leaders need not...
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OP-ED: Romney is more than a fair-weather friend of Israel

By NORM COLEMAN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — At the end of the month, Mitt Romney will visit Jerusalem. It has become a ritual of American politics for presidential candidates to pay a visit to Israel, but this is certainly not Romney’s first trip to Israel — this will mark his fourth visit...
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OP-ED: To thrive, Conservative Movement requires continuity in college

By DOUGLAS KANDL

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Conservative Jew, I am a third-generation member of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, N.J., was very active in the movement’s United Synagogue Youth and helped create a presence for Koach, the movement’s college program, at my college, Pace University. My grandparents and...
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OP-ED: Jewish Groups Must Preserve Vital Records

By JEFF RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — More than one in three Americans have explored their family trees according to a 2011 “60 Minutes/Vanity Fair” poll. Jews, who tend to skew the curve when it comes to all things nerdy, must certainly be among the greatest shakers of genealogical boughs and...
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