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Sunday May 19, 2013
    Imagine a family donating a very expensive piece of medical equipment to a hospital in Israel. A device with the potential to save many lives.  The family, however, makes one clear stipulation: the machine may only be used for Jewish patients – Arab patients may not be treated with the device.   If the hospital were to accept the equipment and follow the family wishes – indeed lives would be saved. Maybe many...
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Wednesday Apr 17, 2013
    Some of you may know that I devote much time to helping Jews by Choice make Aliyah, under the Law of Return, when they have been refused by Israel's Interior Ministry for unfair reasons, in violation of Israeli law. Refusal is usually not related to the denominational affiliation of the Ger. It too often is connected to racial issues.  (Ethiopians and Indians are a separate matter). In order to be an honest advocate sometimes...
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Wednesday Feb 20, 2013
      Jewish tradition demands that we be very careful when making accusations.  Like pillow feathers scattered in the wind that may not be put back inside in pillow – so too is an accusation made in public against others. Miriam was struck by leprosy when she spoke against Moshe (Num. 12: 1-15). The metzora (leper) was a motzi shem ra: a person who spoke negatively about others.   So it is with a great deal of...
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Wednesday Dec 12, 2012
      Purim in Kaifeng   Photo courtesy: Eric Rothberg     Imagine the Israeli government blocking a Jew from observing Kashrut, putting on Tefilin, or lighting the Hanukah lights.   Sounds absurd.  Even for Israel which is home to the absurd.   There is a Mitvah to make Aliyah.  The Mitzvah is known as Yeshuv HaAretz. A Jew is obligated to build the land of Israel. Yes, there are disputes as...
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Thursday Aug 23, 2012
  Condemnation of the brutal  “lynch” (attack) by a wilding pack of Jewish youth in downtown Jerusalem on Arab youth last week  came from nearly the entire spectrum of the Jewish world, both in Israel and abroad.  About twenty Jewish teens were involved in the attack and many more looked on. The Prime Minister strongly condemned the attack as did Mayor Barkat. One of the Arabs, a seventeen year old Jerusalem...
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