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Thursday Apr 17, 2014
  This year, we mark what would have been Jan Karski’s 100th birthday.   The more time goes by, the more I miss him. Precisely when his voice is needed more than ever, he is no longer among us.   In 1914, Jan Karski (né Kozielewski) was born to a Catholic family in Poland. The youngest of eight children, he was mobilized in the Polish army in 1939, just before the Nazi invasion on September 1. His wartime saga as...
Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
    I would normally never get involved in an Israeli labor dispute. Not being Israeli, I know my place. But in the case of the decision by Israel’s diplomats to walk out after failing to reach a satisfactory deal with the government, I readily confess that I can’t remain silent.    I know well many of Israel’s diplomats, having met them in Jerusalem, New York, and the four corners of the earth over the...
Tuesday Jan 14, 2014
    Against the backdrop of recent efforts in some academic circles to vilify and isolate Israel, let me put my cards on the table right up front. I’m not dispassionate when it comes to Israel. Quite the contrary.   The establishment of the state in 1948; the fulfillment of its envisioned role as home and haven for Jews from around the world; its wholehearted embrace of democracy and the rule of law; and its impressive...
Sunday Nov 24, 2013
Israel appears to have come up with the short end of the stick in the just-announced Iran deal.   While President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are going to great lengths to say that Israel ought to feel safer, at least for the life of the six-month agreement, Israel’s top leaders clearly don’t agree.   In fact, official American and Israeli views couldn’t be further apart right now.   Washington believes...
Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
As recent surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews—millions, in fact—who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity, allow me to share what being Jewish means to me.   To me, being Jewish means entering into a partnership with the Divine for the repair of our broken world (in Hebrew, Tikkun Olam).   To me, being Jewish means recognizing that this is not work to be outsourced to a higher authority or to...
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