Birthright held hostage

It is a fact of political life that an adept politician will zig then zag, halt and then advance, in an effort to reach a particular goal. That process is not always smooth. And sometimes, politicians stumble. In the Israeli government, political leaders and erstwhile allies, Treasury Minister Yair Lapid and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett,… Read More

Boycott earns American Studies Association an ‘F’

The great center of American Jewish opinion has weighed in on the American Studies Association’s Dec. 16 vote to boycott Israeli universities and has found it to be a hostile, hypocritical and offensive decision. We agree. What unites center-right and center-left against the resolution — which incorrectly claims there is “no effective or substantive academic… Read More

Herschel Blumberg

In the world of modern Jewish communal leadership, Herschel Blumberg was a Renaissance man. He was a successful businessman, focused in the area of real estate. And he had a deep passion for the Jewish people and the state of Israel. During the last 25 years of the past century, the soft-spoken yet persuasive Herschel… Read More

Lingering questions for the Reform movement

At the Reform movement’s biennial gathering in San Diego last week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism, came out swinging. In his keynote address to some 5,000 participants, he called for his movement to offer a welcome to the unaffiliated so inclusive that he termed it “audacious hospitality.” Reform must embrace… Read More

A game of violence

A spate of assaults largely in the northeast over the last month has led to the popular notion that U.S. cities are experiencing a growing trend of attacks by youths playing the “knockout game.” The perpetrator plays this violent and potentially deadly game just for kicks, attempting to knock a victim unconscious with one blow… Read More

An alternative to peace?

The current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, restarted in July by Secretary of State John Kerry, is at the halfway point of an agreed-upon nine-month timetable. While it is unclear whether the parties have made any real progress in their negotiations, it is clear the complaints and finger-pointing from the Israelis and Palestinians are in… Read More

Respect your boomers

Last summer, a Jewish professional in Northern California named Michal Kohane appeared on the website eJewishPhilanthropy, where she bemoaned what she saw as the Jewish community’s excessive focus on young adults. In a cry from the desert, she asked why there was no longer any interest in the Jewish welfare of those over 40. In… Read More

Assad, war criminal

On Monday, the U.N.’s human rights chief accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes in his 2-year-long battle against opposition to his rule. Navi Pillay said a commission of inquiry “has produced massive evidence … [of] very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity” and that “the evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level… Read More

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