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Ayelet Waldman's New Book Is More Than a Holocaust Novel

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

It would be a mistake to call Love and Treasure a Holocaust novel, although it is that, too. More than anything, this is a tale of hope and the unbreakable spirit of a people, the transformative power of love and the miracle of the birth of Eretz Israel.

U.S. Jews Stand Divided On Israel

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities. Jewish organizations ar...

Hillary Clinton's Latest Title, 'Grandmother'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

What title could Hillary Clinton add to her resume that would make her even more appealing to voters than those she already has on her resume? That question was answered recently when Chelsea announced that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky were expecting. In the eyes of much of the world, grandmothers can do no wrong.

Israel's Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) on the Front Lines: How the New Conscription Law Will Change Everything

Howard Barbanel | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

On Wednesday, March 12, the Knesset forever changed the shape of Israeli society by passing a law that will conscript most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) young men into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) starting in 2017.

One Small Step Closer to Middle East Peace?

Claude Salhani | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

When it comes to the question of dealing with the state of Israel, when it comes to matters of Israel's national security, two major events in the history of the Jewish people come into play: Masada and the Holocaust.

Road Testing Natan Sharansky's Criteria For Anti-Semitism

Shai Franklin | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Shai Franklin

Now that most nations finally acknowledge anti-Semitism as a scourge, adding criticism of the Jewish State to the list undermines the precious credibility of a hard-fought brand. It clouds rather than clarifies.

Confession of an Evangelical

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

The establishing of the State of Israel I have and do support. However there are conflicting messages I no longer can ignore. While eating dinner overlooking the Shepherd's Field in Bethlehem, I noticed that on the crown of the hill sits a recently built Jewish settlement.

Support for Jews, Israelites, All People, Translates Into Support for Obama

Ed Koch | Posted 10.07.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

I wrote an op-ed supporting the president's reelection, which appeared in one of Florida's most important newspapers, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. I thought that you would like to see it. What do you think of my comments?

When The Walls Come Tumbling Down

Avraham Burg | Posted 06.01.2011 | Religion
Avraham Burg

The time has come to take the next step and ask whether we can in fact exist at all without an external enemy, without anti-Semitism.

In Israel Debate, These Jews Should Be Ignored

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

No responsible organization should dignify intellectually disreputable and morally loathsome positions. There is enough to argue about without inviting the haters into the conversation.

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...

With God on Our Side -- Christian Zionism Exposed

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

To the Christian Zionists "defending Israel" is just a handy pretext for indulging their obsession: egging on, even "helping" the fulfillment of "biblical prophecies" about the "return of Christ."

Through the Looking Glass: The Myth of Israeli Exceptionalism

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

2010-06-04-dove.jpg Exceptionalism is an ideology propagated by the power elites of two nations of vastly different proportions and histories -- Israel and the U.S. -- but each declares a divinely manifest destiny.

Bibi Goes to Washington: How About a Nuclear Free Middle East?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It might be the case that Netanyahu has far more friends in Washington than does the president.

Bush: I Expect Palestinian State Before I Leave Office

USA Today | Richard Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

USA TODAY's Richard Wolf reports that President Bush predicted today that a deal can be reached within a year to turn the West Bank and Gaza Strip int...