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Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
Manchester attack
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
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Trump visits Wailing Wall
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Jos Collignon, CagleCartoons.com
Trump visits Wailing Wall
Jos Collignon, CagleCartoons.com
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Recipes for disunity
For decades, Haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status questions, such as who may marry and whose conversions a...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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The toxic brew of politics and religion
Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day, and why you should, as well. Now suppose the rabbi made ...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is this really happening in NYC?
Gentrification is a serious issue in many large cities. Rising real estate values, which are generally a sign of economic health, can bring with them upper-income residents who displace lower-incom...
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Spicer’s Yom HaShoah lesson
It would be simple to play the moral outrage card on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s confused comparison of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons and Adolf Hitler’s r...
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Syrian attack
The chemical weapons airstrike in Syria on April 4, which killed some 80 civilians and which the West blames on the government of Bashar al-Assad, helped focus the Trump administration on the compl...
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Haley’s Comet flies over AIPAC
Israel has long had the deck stacked against it in the international arena, and that fact has been no more evident than at the United Nations, which continually and unfairly singles out the Jewish ...
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yes, Virginia, there are Jews there
First, the bad news. Shockingly, we have all been hearing and reading about vicious anti-Semitic attacks in Europe: shootings, stabbings, political leaders rabble-rousing crowds to rise up against ...
May 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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College doesn’t turn Jews away from Judaism
In a recent analysis of U.S. religious groups, the Pew Research Center reported that the most educated American Jews are also the least religious. In considering these findings, it’s tempting to th...
May 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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The war never ended for poor, elderly Jews in former Soviet Union
We Americans use the phrase “the greatest generation” to describe those who grew up during the Depression, prevailed in World War II and contributed to America’s postwar prosperity and influence. B...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish sensitivity demands securing U.S. borders
I am not a rabbi, but I know that throughout Jewish history, many of our holidays can be summed up as, “They tried to kill us, but we survived. Let’s eat.” As history continues to repeat itself, “t...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Europe seeking to take home the Startup Nation
Israel’s economic strength, along with the buzz of Israel’s startup nation reputation and hi-tech scene, has not eluded one of Israel’s closest neighbors — Europe. Through technological cooperation...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can Trump survive Abbas?
There was something of a motivational speaker about President Donald Trump as he welcomed Mahmoud Abbas, the geronto-crat at the helm of the Palestinian Authority for the last 12 years, to the Whit...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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No justification for high school assignment debating genocide
In a series of serendipitous events on April 4, two 17-year-olds, Jordan April and Archer Schurtliff, became my heroes. Upon arriving in Oswego, N.Y., for my book signing at River’s End Bookstore, ...
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Relentless collaboration a hallmark of effort to repair a fractured world
by Zack Block, Guest Columnist
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 183 183 recommendations | email to a friend
As fall turns to winter, I am increasingly aware of the importance of service organizations’ role in effecting social change. As American Jews were celebrating the New Year on Rosh Hashanah and ack...
The illiberal world of Stephen Bannon
by Ben Cohen, Guest Columnist
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 166 166 recommendations | email to a friend
In considering the furor around President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon, the CEO of the hard-right news website Breitbart, as his chief strategist, let’s start with the pe...
The Jewish Agency after Sharansky
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
The day before Natan Sharansky was appointed to a second term as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel in 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the former Soviet political priso...
Making sense of an historic election
by Jason Hoffman, Guest Columnist
Nov 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 175 175 recommendations | email to a friend
Like so many, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Donald Trump’s victory. And like so many, I thought Hillary Clinton was a horribly flawed candidate. She was running in an election where “popu...
When the ‘emperor’ has clothes
by Lynne Kessler Lechter, Guest Columnist
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 173 173 recommendations | email to a friend
A week after an historic election, we are witnessing an historic epidemic of mass hysteria. Shock, surprise and dark anger abound. Houses and condos are going up for sale in California as Californi...
The need to move forward
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week’s presidential election revealed not so much a nation divided, as it did a society whose residents inhabit two very different realities — with the apparent inability of those who live in ...
A milestone anniversary for Sivitz Jewish Hospice
by Rabbi Eli Seidman, Guest Columnist
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
Former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom Jonathan Sacks has written that there is no Hebrew word for “optimism.” But we do have a word for “hope.” He explains that optimism is passive. It is merely...
Engaging neighbors takes more than a check
by Lee Feldman, Guest Columnist
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 recommendations | email to a friend
You cannot buy friends. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced that it gave Federation money to the Bhutanese community, the Japan America Society, Junior Achievement of Western Penn...
Pushing back at the Wall
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was critical of American Jewish community leaders who were involved in staging a march to the Kotel, or Western Wall, on Nov. 2 as part of a protest to res...
Stand with Israel; vote against Trump
by Melody (Mostow) Coven, Guest Columnist
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 201 201 recommendations | email to a friend
When I boarded the plane for Israel three years ago, I sat in the Pittsburgh International Airport with my husband of 16 days, unsure of what awaited us. Fresh out of college and newly married, we ...