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The crisis in US-Israel relations

It is time for cooler heads. Tighter tongues. Longer-range perspectives.

After Simeon and Levi smote the residents of Schechem, who raped their sister Dinah, father Jacob comments: “You have made me stink among the inhabitants of the land . . . I am few in number and should they band together and attack me, I will be annihilated . . . ” (Genesis 34:30).

You have made me stink. This came to mind in the aftermath of the bald comments by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, minus any context, nuance or qualification, before his election. No Palestinian state, none, never. No patriotism among Israel-Arab voters, any of them.

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Murder charge for slicing out a fetus

The brutal attack in Longmont, Colorado, on an obviously pregnant woman that left her hospitalized and her fetus dead, raises once again a question that American society continues to grapple with: When does a fetus become a baby? With technology and medicine rapidly advancing, fetuses that would once have died at childbirth are now viable. The line of viability, between a fetus and a being capable of living independently, is no longer distinct.
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The message of the Israeli election

No matter how painful Israel’s economic problems may be, security still comes first. Kulanu, the new Israeli party that won 10 seats and is likely to be the linchpin in election winner Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, campaigned on economic issues. Kulanu needed to bring in former Israel ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, so that it wouldn’t be completely bereft of a foreign policy voice. Yet, Kulanu, impressive though its showing may be, did not change the fundamental Israeli r...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:46 )

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Don’t say thank you

Gratitude is the pinnacle of Jewish ethics. Stemming from the gratitude to G-d for one’s very existence, not to mention the benefits of life, an individual’s obligation to say thank you is more than an ethical act. It is a spiritual one, an imitation of one’s attitude toward the Creator. How disturbing, then, that a recent copyright verdict basically tells recording artists: Don’t say thank you. Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy-winning hip hop producer, made what should be the harmless, pedestr...
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Executions and beheadings in Saudi Arabia . . . 44 in 2015

To some, it might seem xenophobic or nationalistic to utter statements delineating the stark cultural and moral differences between nations. To say, for example, that Israel and Saudi Arabia are essentially, fundamentally, different on cultural and moral scales will no doubt raise for some the specter of Islamophobia or of one religious tradition claiming superiority over another. After all, aren’t Israel and Saudi Arabia on the same page when it comes to many of the important geopolitical i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:45 )

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Maccabeats don lederhosen for Passover

Julie Wiener The Orthodox Jewish male a cappella members sing “Dayenu” while dressed in Bavarian beer hall garb. ... [Link]

Swastikas found in dorm at Northeastern U.

Marcy Oster The Boston school’s president in an email to students and staff condemned what he called a “hateful act.” ... [Link]

Soren Kam, among most wanted Nazi criminals, dies at 93

Gabe Friedman Denmark’s highest-ranking Nazi died in Germany, which refused to extradite him on several occasions. ... [Link]

Jewish House Dems call on Obama to cool rhetoric against Netanyahu

Marcy Oster The lawmakers issued the demand at a meeting with deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who reportedly agreed to send along the message. ... [Link]

Jewish groups blast Virginia State Bar for canceling Jerusalem seminar

Marcy Oster The JCRC of Greater Washington and B’nai B’rith ripped the state agency’s call to change venues for the November trip. ... [Link]

What does the new ‘Daily Show’ host think about Israel?

Gabe Friedman Will Jon Stewart successor Trevor Noah, who is South African, compare Israeli policies to apartheid? ... [Link]

Topol to receive Israel Prize lifetime achievement award

Marcy Oster Former diplomat Esther Herlitz will be recognized similarly, the Education Ministry said, at next month’s ceremonies on Israel’s Independence Day. ... [Link]

Brooklyn Jews attacked with paint

Julie Wiener New York police are investigating whether the two incidents were hate crimes. ... [Link]

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