Thursday, October 29th 2020   |


OP-ED: Israel must learn from American’s unrelenting self-examination


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 foundation. This fragile situation is made even less stable by the less than statesmanlike behavior of some Israeli leaders.


OP-ED: Don’t call Polish Jews ‘hidden’


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 last week, joining scores of other Jews who had gathered in this city in eastern Poland from abroad — and...

OP-ED: ADL must reassess oppposition on gov’t’s support for parochial schools


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 to support Jewish day schools in the United States so intriguing.

The average cost to operate our existing schools at...

OP-ED: Obama, Jewish tradition echo on health care


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 want a doctor son.

The value of health care is throughout our tradition. Our greatest rabbi, Maimonides, was a medical...

OP-ED: On Tu B’Av, remember importance of genetic testing


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 we fast and remember all of our hardships and trials during Tisha b’Av, this week, beginning at sunset Thursday, we...

OP-ED: Sports and the many sides of silence


(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 tragedy, Coach Joe Paterno and others committed the sin of silence. Their silence of indifference, acquiescence and complicity led to...

OP-ED: Birthright’s triumphs and flaws


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 then I’ve been reflecting a great deal on these two very different experiences.

Birthright helped to provide a stronger connection...

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 and he promotes the re-election of President Barack Obama on the grounds that he has been friendly towards the Jewish...

OP-ED: Obama has helped make Israel safer


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 rely on rhetoric or boisterous bravado. They produce results and act on principle. President Obama is such a friend and leader....

OP-ED: Romney is more than a fair-weather friend of Israel


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 — and it won’t be his last.

I’ve known Mitt Romney for a long time, and what I know makes...