Sunday Oct 06, 2013
American Jews are deeply committed to Israel. They may not agree with the policies of the government of Israel, but these disagreements do not mean that their devotion to Israel is diminished. Israel remains exceedingly important to their Jewish lives.
The American and Israeli prophets of doom who for years have been predicting the erosion or the collapse of American Jewish support for the Jewish...
Sunday Sep 01, 2013
The Days of Awe are about to begin, and the Jews of America are turning their attention to matters of the spirit: prayer and introspection, repentance and personal renewal. Nonetheless, as is so often the case, the affairs of the world have again intruded on our consciousness, requiring our attention and concern.
The debate on Syria rages on. Some Americans call for intervention in the civil war so...
Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
The closing of 19 diplomatic missions by the United States in the Middle East and north Africa.
Yes, we cannot know precisely what the intelligence threat was; and surely it would have been appropriate to close a few missions and to dramatically step up security elsewhere. But shutting down embassies across an entire region sends a message of weakness and fear, and is nothing less than an embarrassment for an...
Wednesday Jul 17, 2013
John Kerry is a hero. He believes that peace between Israelis and Palestinians, while exceedingly difficult to achieve, is possible. He believes that both sides need peace, now. He believes that such a peace would further regional stability and would serve American interests. And he has been absolutely dogged in his pursuit of peace, despite attacks on him from every direction.
Monday Jul 01, 2013
Every now and again, the leadership of the Jewish world engages in an act of collective insanity. It is hard to find a better example than the campaign waged by Israeli and American Jewish leaders to procure a pardon for Marc Rich at the conclusion of President Clinton’s second term. A philanthropist who contributed generously to Jewish causes and charities in Israel and around the world, Rich was indicted for tax fraud...