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...
Saturday Jun 15, 2013
The Sharansky plan for the Western Wall is dead. As the entire Jewish world now knows, his compromise calls for extending and expanding the Western Wall plaza in order to make room for a space for egalitarian prayer.
The demise of the plan is the obvious conclusion to be drawn from the Jerusalem Post article saying that the Palestinian Authority and Muslim officials will not permit the physical changes called for by...
Monday May 20, 2013
The recent decisions by a synagogue in Great Neck and another outside of Toronto to cancel appearances by anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller—both were rescheduled at other venues—have made headlines in the Jewish press and raised interesting questions for the Jewish community.
There are important issues at stake here. They are not new, but they are not going away. So let’s think...
Saturday May 04, 2013
The Jewish world does not need a “Jewish Nobel Prize.” In fact, it does not need another Jewish award of any kind.
As reported in the Forward by Josh Nathan-Kazis, a group of Russian Jewish oligarchs has decided to fund a yearly prize of $1 million to an individual internationally renowned in his or her field who is also committed to Jewish values and Israel and supports Jewish causes.