A questionable agreement

The deal reached Sunday between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) does not remove Iran’s nuclear threat. But it does relieve some of the economic sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. As such, the agreement may pave the way for a… Read More

The passion of George W. Bush

Was George W. Bush acting on his own born-again Christianity when he agreed to speak last week at the Dallas fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute? Or was this just one of the former president’s many speaking appearances, albeit to a group dedicated to the conversion of Jews to Christianity in order to advance… Read More

Perception is reality

The new report on anti-Semitism issued by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) paints an unsettling picture of the eight EU countries where 90 percent of the continent’s Jews live. Nevertheless, one must draw conclusions carefully. One caveat is that the 5,847 Jews polled in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden… Read More

Iran sanctions, revisited

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out forcefully against a nuclear agreement with Iran three times on Sunday: At the Sunday Israeli Cabinet meeting, on CBS News’ Face the Nation and at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which was meeting in Jerusalem. “What is being proposed now is a deal in… Read More

Beit Shemesh mayor’s bigotry

For more than 18 years, the town of Beit Shemesh has been the sister city of Greater Washington’s Jewish community through a “twinning relationship” with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. During that time, the Federation has invested millions of communal dollars in social service and educational programs to benefit the citizens of Beit Shemesh…. Read More

Preserve the less expensive funeral option

Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that it is precisely the worst time to plan a funeral. With emotions raw and little time to make decisions, the pressure is on to skip comparison shopping or bargaining for a better price. For Jewish families, with particular funeral observances and requirements, there is almost always… Read More

Nasser’s heir?

Will Egypt’s military strong man, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, become the country’s next president? And will the Egyptian leader he most closely resembles be Gamal Abdel Nasser, the army officer who established an aggressive, nationalist military-backed regime that sought to establish Egypt’s pre-eminence in the Arab world? There are good reasons to think… Read More

Taking aim at a trial balloon

The recent Pew study on American Jews has lent a sense of urgency to those who want to see Judaism flourish and affiliation rates rise in this country. In a recent op-ed in the Forward, that also appeared in the Huffington Post, two leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella group for… Read More