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Letter From a Nonagenarian

David Harris | Posted 08.20.2014 | Fifty
David Harris

When my mother turned 80, she spoke out for the first time in "Letter from an Octogenarian." At the time, she wrote: "I never thought I would live ...

Imagine a World Without Israel - Part 1

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Whenever I have heard these words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator wi...

My War Score: Israel 0, Hamas -1

Jonathan Russo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

As I write this, the first 72-hour truce has just ended. So for the weary combatants and affected civilians, the death and destruction have resumed. Here is my scorecard to date.

Getting to Higher Moral Ground

Street Sense | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Street Sense

It's sad when you think about it to see people living on the streets and in shelters for long parts of their lives. Yet we live in a world where profit is placed over people. Here in the West we will never see housing as a human right, something that builds family and community.

What Happened to 'Never Again?:' Thoughts From an American Jew

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The current crisis between Israel and Gaza has certainly stirred up a tornado of emotion and strong opinion worldwide, and has become a polarizing force among American Jews.

Armenia and Its Russian-Imperialism Problem

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Christopher Atamian

Earlier this summer, a minor kerfuffle over an exhibition of artworks by famed Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) underscored a more serious problem facing Armenian culture and Armenia in general -- and, by extension, many of the former Soviet republics.

Will Zionism and Hamas Ideology Be Criminalized?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) remains one of few options for the "State of Palestine," but it's one with profound implications for Zionism and Hamas.

The Power of Weakness and the Weakness of Power

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

These are two traumatized people. For the Israelis insecurity has become existential. For the Palestinians humiliation has become the defining quality. Both are victims of nightmares of powerlessness and fantasies of power.

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Young Jews Call For End To 'Gratuitous Killing Of Palestinian Civilians'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- As a 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect on Tuesday, a group of young Jewish Americans held a protest against Israel...

Holy War and the Threat of Genocide

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

When ISIS warns Christians "there is nothing to give them but the sword," we need to take their threat seriously. Over 35,000 Christians have fled Mosul to escape their murderous intent.

Three Jews Visit Scandinavia

Seth Menachem | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Seth Menachem

Tensions are understandably high. The loss of lives on both sides is a tragedy. Thanks to Israel's Iron Dome defense, many Israeli lives have been spared. But Hamas keeps trying. And Israel keeps fighting back. And the horrible cycle goes on and on.

The 90 Day Post-Mortem Mourning Report on Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

Portrait of my late mother Alice Barbanel as a 21 year-old. I don't know where to put Mom. Not Mom in actuality, but her portrait. Mom passed away...

Why We Must Never Turn Our Backs on Israel

Robert Lockard | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Robert Lockard

Israel doesn't want to fight Palestinians, much less kill them. Its citizens just want to be left in peace.

The Anti-Semite Inside You

Ariel Chesler | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Ariel Chesler

I suggest that in the same way we talk about internalized sexism and racism and homophobia we must talk about internalized anti-Semitism.

'They Cry When They Shoot Us'

Howard Schweber | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Howard Schweber

A few weeks ago I was watching Israelis reacting with shock and horror to the idea that Israeli Jews could have kidnapped a Palestinian boy and burned him alive. I was shocked by their shock: Have they really not been listening to themselves for the past 20 years?

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

A Simple Guide to the Roots of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Rebecca Tinsley

Many of us mentally turn off when we see reports about Israel/Palestine. If you missed the beginning of the story, you are not inclined to jump into the latest episode.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

Heart-Breaking Truths About Gaza and Israel

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I sit in my comfortable home in Massachusetts, rockets are being fired from Gaza at my nephew in Israel. He is the son of an Israeli, an almost-flu...

Searching for Equilibrium on the Protective Edge

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Ridberg

A few days ago I downloaded the "Code Red" app to my phone that Israelis use to follow the thousands of rockets being launched over the border from Gaza. Over the course of thirty minutes the phone sounded more than 10 times.

The Silent Majority

Dan_Weiss | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Dan_Weiss

Back in May, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published the results of a comprehensive global study of anti-Semitism. They polled 53,100 people from c...

5 Simple Ways You Can Help Create Peace in Gaza and Israel

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Living far away, it's often hard to know where to start or how to help. So, I began asking people with experience in the region and have identified five simple actions you can take today to support peace for people in Gaza and Israel.

Jews Say: End the War on Gaza

Linda Milazzo | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Linda Milazzo

Statement of Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, July 22, 2014 (200 initial signers, endorsing allies forthcoming) On July 12, 2014, Gaza civil s...

The Power of Religion to Restrain Conflict

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Even in secular contexts, people of faith can work together to encourage or discourage warfare. As violence has escalated in Israel and Gaza, an international campaign for peace has been launched, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.