How Jews on the left and the right are empowering BDS

The BDS debacle at the University of Michigan proved once again that Jews can be their own worst enemies. Since 2002, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG) has, on 10 occasions, rejected resolutions to support the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the State of Israel. This month, however, for the first… Read More

What was ‘the’ miracle of Chanukah?

In many prayer books there is a paragraph to be recited after one lights the Chanukah menorah. This paragraph praises God for the different types of miracles He did during the original Chanukah story and uses the words “salvations,” “miracles” and “wonders” as different types of miracles. But what were these specific miracles in the… Read More

Responsibility of Jewish leaders

One image is likely to dominate the Reform movement’s biennial conference that is underway in Boston: that of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, being roughed up at the Western Wall by guards and haredi Orthodox worshipers. The incident last month came as Jacobs and others tried to pray at the… Read More

All sizzle, no steak

Most American Jews would agree that that place for the U.S. Embassy in Israel should be Jerusalem. But the cheers of some to rumors, hints and pandering about a relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will do nothing to hasten what we hope is an eventual move. The rumor was delivered by Vice President Mike… Read More

Letters Dec. 7, 2017

Prerequisites for peace “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” These memorable words, from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” capture the tumultuous period… Read More

Responding fully to anti-Semitism

Black-shirted and boot-legged, churlish and threatening, eyes filled with hate, and voices shouting menacing threats of “Jews will not replace us,” those white supremacist and Nazi agitators in the midst of the Charlottesville confrontation froze our blood. Politicians and pundits from the left to the right, clergy of all stripes, cultural figures and media entities… Read More

The full history of the Balfour Declaration

Edwin Black’s presentation of the Balfour Declaration history, recorded in a recent issue of the Washington Jewish Week, unfortunately stopped short of telling the full story, i.e., how the 1917 Balfour Declaration that expressed the British government’s endorsement of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, if implemented, could have saved many lives… Read More