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Historic day is at hand; we must exercise our rights

The charge of any journalistic institution is to its readership. The charge of any politician is to his constituency. As an advocate for what is best for the Jewish community of New Orleans, the Crescent City Jewish News attempts to present both sides of a political issue as objectively, fairly...
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OP-ED: Time to stop digging and start building

By MATTHEW BROOKS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — As Will Rogers said, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!” In the last four years, the Obama administration has dug our country deeper and deeper into several painful and dangerous holes. It’s time to stop digging and find better solutions.

President Obama’s economic policies...
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OP-ED: Obama speaks to the best of our traditions

By DAVID A. HARRIS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — “To be good Americans, we must be better Jews.” When Justice Louis Brandeis spoke these words, he sought to inspire our nation’s Jewish community to live by our ideals and our principles, to serve as active citizens in a thriving democracy founded on...
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OP-ED: Stop prejudice – don’t boycott Scouting

By RABBI ROBERT TOBIN

As of January 1, 2013, The Golda Och Academy (a Solomon Schechter Conservative Jewish Day School in West Orange, NJ) will join the Reform movement’s boycott of the Boy Scouts of America. This is an unfortunate and misguided decision, despite its noble moral stance.

In a...
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OP-ED: Christians’ letter was reasonable, sensitively worded

By RABBI BRANT ROSEN

CHICAGO (JTA) — There has long been an unwritten covenant between the Jewish establishment and Christian leaders when it comes to interfaith dialogue: “We can talk about any religious issues we like, but criticism of Israel’s human rights violations is off limits.”

Over the past few...
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OP-ED: Christians’ letter is an unworthy tactic

By RABBI NAOM E. MARANS

NEW YORK (JTA) — Iran is threatening Israel, the Middle East and the world with the specter of nuclear weapons. Christians across the Middle East are persecuted and martyred in the repercussions of the so-called Arab Spring. But some American Christian leaders are busy dedicating...
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OP-ED: Adelson’s Israel Hayom bringing needed pluralism to Israeli press

By DAVID M. WEINBERG

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Liberal pundits have coined a new saw: Sheldon Adelson and the newspaper he owns, Israel Hayom, are primarily responsible for the collapse of many Israeli media outlets, and this endangers Israeli democracy.

The assertion is wrong on both the business and ideological...
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OP-ED: Supporting Israel’s media strengthens its democracy

By ORI NIR

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Can you imagine Israel without a free, independent, vociferous and diverse media? Can you imagine Israel without Maariv and Haaretz? Without biting commentary, investigative reporting and an open, cacophonous marketplace of views and ideas?

Such an Israel terrifies me, and it should alarm you,...
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OP-ED: Steps Israel should take to control its destiny

By GILEAD SHER

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told European diplomats that he will resume negotiations with Israel on a two-state solution after the United Nations votes in November on a Palestinian request for “non-member state” status. What’s most interesting about the widespread report this week...
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OP-ED: Solving hunger means sharing the wealth

By ARI WEISS

NEW YORK (JTA) — To eat: a cup of black beans, a few ounces of pasta and a bit of tuna. To drink: water. This was my dinner menu one Friday night last November as my fellow dinner guests dined on standard Shabbat fare: homemade challah, two types...
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