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A Common Friend To Arabs And Jews

Lynne Hybels | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Lynne Hybels

Most peacemakers on both sides are discouraged as they watch the inability of Israeli, Palestinian and American politicians to move toward peace. I share their sadness.

Israel's Ex-Pat Ad Campaign: A Canadian Jew Reacts

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Brent E. Sasley

Perhaps Canadian Jews accept the importance of Israel to their identity more readily than American Jews. Still, Americans should not be surprised by the campaign. It reflects a decades-old tension within Zionism.

The New U.S. Zionist: Israel-bashing, Made Kosher

Bradley Burston | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

Israel-bashing is not what it used to be. In fact, Israel-bashing is not what it was a week ago. The difference is Gilad Shalit.

Israel's Jewish Essence Is Non-Negotiable: A Response to Mahmoud Abbas

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home
Menachem Rosensaft

Abbas's deliberate refusal to acknowledge that before either Christianity or Islam ever appeared on the historical or theological scene, Judaism had been firmly ensconced in what is today the State of Israel, speaks volumes.

The Ultimate New Year Greeting

Dovid Efune | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Dovid Efune

What in truth would be the most meaningful blessing one could impart on a good friend, a significant other, a family member or colleague. What would I wish most for myself?

Abrahamic Faiths Mocked By Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Canards

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Some Middle East church leaders, it seems, never embraced the Vatican's denunciation of theological anti-Semitism.

Threats To America: Islamic Law Taking Over! Jews Controlling The Media!

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

When the discussion of sharia law is based on the premise that Islam is inherently criminal, or that all Muslims have a proclivity towards violence, then that discussion shifts from legitimate intellectual debate to hateful religious scapegoating.

Jewish Unity And The State Of Israel

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz

Instead of depending solely on Israel to be the unifying factor for Jews worldwide, we must find additional and tangible ways to live our connections to Judaism and to other Jews, wherever we find ourselves.

Zionism at Risk

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 09.04.2011 | Home
Robert K. Lifton

The promise of Zionism now faces a serious threat. This comes not in the form of foreign militaries, Palestinian terror or economic instability, but in the very persons who purport to support it.

The Good Thing About Jewish Summer Camp Indoctrination

Mira Sucharov | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

Some of the most passionate defenders of Jewish values wouldn't also be fighting tirelessly for their vision of change had they not felt an eternal connection to Israel to begin with.

Talking To, Not At, Each Other

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 08.24.2011 | Religion
Brent E. Sasley

It's as though the Diaspora community has now created its own culture wars, and there doesn't seem to be any momentum against them. All of this moves people away from the critical issues at hand.

Erdogan, New Ottomanism and the Middle East

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 08.16.2011 | Home
Dr. Josef Olmert

As the praises for Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's latest election victory continue to pour in, a big question is emerging regarding Turkey's foreign policy orientation.

Reflections On Israel's Anniversary And The Environment

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

As Israel marks its anniversary, my hope is that from out of Zion will come forth inspiration, innovation and regional collaboration, paving the way to environmental sustainability and peace.

Let the Games Begin

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rich Siegel


Writing a New Language About Israel at J Street

Dahlia Scheindlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dahlia Scheindlin

Do not confuse the new "pro-Israel" with the old, dead meaning of "pro-Israel." Anyone not actively working for a democratic resolution is against Israel, because the conflict is killing us.

Iran: Olympics Logo Is 'Zionist'

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Although I think Iran's claim is absurd, I'm concerned about some of the conversation this is generating. Iran should put an end to this nonsense and should show up to the Olympics.

Conservative Gay Porn Star Gets Israeli Apartheid Week Canceled

Runnin' Scared | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

At the beginning of the week, porn impresario Michael Lucas was somewhat known as a controversial gay conservative writer, someone you could expect to...

Jews, Israel And Free Speech: A Response To Rabbi Wolpe

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Moshman

Rabbi David Wolpe has provided guidance to readers as to which Jews should be permitted to participate in public discourse and education about Israel and which should not.

The Proceduralist: A Brief History of Israeli Constitutionalism

Yoav Sivan | Posted 12.07.2011 | Home
Yoav Sivan

After an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting Israeli Government, you are called upon to reflect on the 62nd anniversary of the ...

Possible Definitions and the Impossibility of Debate

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Yoav Sivan

"Let's take back Zionism," writes Shai Baitel on the Huffington Post. But from whom? From the opinions of mankind, the like of U.N. General Assembly R...

Change in Egypt Will Change the Region

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

Egypt's enduring authoritarian regime is the biggest hurdle to democracy and freedom in the region. If the Mubarak regime falls, other dictatorships will also fall.

Why the Call to "Boycott Israel" Is Crap

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Regardless of what its promoters and its useful idiots say, the only real, accepted, hackneyed goal of this boycott campaign is to de-legitimize Israel as such.

Israel Trips For Jewish Youths Expand, Including For Disabled Teens

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) Jewish organizations are aiming to send more North American teens and young adults than ever to Israe...

Return to Haifa: Whose Narrative Is It Anyway?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Leon T. Hadar

Return to Haifa, based on a novella by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, is not a cultural product of our age of globalization.

Goldstone Needs to Recant In Light of the New Evidence

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alan Dershowitz

Richard Goldstone has said that he hopes that new evidence proves his report wrong. Now is the time for him to show whether he is "mensch" enough to step forward and set the record straight.