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.
Tuesday Apr 16, 2013
Several weeks ago, I was among the 100 American Jewish leaders who signed a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu urging him to work with Secretary of State Kerry and to take concrete steps that would demonstrate Israel’s readiness to make peace with the Palestinians. The letter was initiated by the Israel Policy Forum. ...
Thursday Mar 28, 2013
We need to get Zionism right.
As I sat with my family and friends at our Passover sedarim this year, doing what Jews have been doing for more than 3000 years, it occurred to me that the Jewish world continues to get Zionism mostly wrong.
Zionism was created in order to throw off the yoke of subjugation to which we Jews have been subjected for two millenia, but also—and equally important—to provide a...