Our frenemy Qatar

The oil-rich sheikdom Qatar is much like its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula — undemocratic, ruled by a minority clan, both a U.S. ally and an active sponsor of extremists. Much the same can be said of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the other countries that last week severed relations with Qatar and… Read More

The Trump soap opera, continued

In his June 7 testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, fired FBI Director James Comey dropped no new bombshells. Instead, he darkened some of the clouds surrounding the question of Russian interference in last fall’s U.S. presidential election. And his testimony that President Donald Trump attempted to quash an investigation into deposed national security advisor… Read More

Letters June 15, 2017

Writers view Israel in vacuum In the article about two writers (“A reading list for confronting the occupation,” June 8), Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, what struck me was that they are not about peace. They are about themselves as “citizens of the world,” conflating their opinions with Jewish values, which they only impose on… Read More

The virtues and zeal of rehabilitation

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Beha’alotcha, Numbers 8:1-12:16. This week’s parsha begins with God telling Moses to instruct Aaron on how to kindle the lamps of the menorah. It’s the next verse that really interests me:  “Aaron did so; he kindled the lamps at the front of the menorah, as the Lord… Read More

From Greeley, Colorado to Manchester, England

For those — like me — who’d never really given any thought to singer Ariana Grande before the terrorist atrocity at her concert in the British city of Manchester, it took a few minutes to figure out the correspondence between her audience and the target selection of suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Eventually, it dawned. Grande’s… Read More

What about self-defense?

Almost every day, we hear and read news about verbal and even physical attacks of Jewish students on college campuses. In many instances, it makes their lives on campuses very difficult and even dangerous. Some Jewish leaders and organizations have reacted in the following ways: appealing to authorities; appealing to college administrations; calling on Jewish… Read More

The UN and anti-Semitism

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last April vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism, and called the denial of Israel’s right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. Speaking at a World Jewish Congress Assembly in New York, Guterres said he could not control all expressions of bias against Israel at the United Nations…. Read More

Save planet Earth

While it makes us nervous that the United States is now “aligned” with Syria and Nicaragua as the only other country that is not a member of the Paris climate accord, the real significance of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the non-binding agreement is that it essentially decouples our country from the world… Read More

Reunited Jerusalem at 50

The celebrations of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem have been going on in that city since last month’s Jerusalem Day. This week, with the anniversary of the Six Day War on the secular calendar, there was another opportunity to think about the significance of Israel bringing the entire capital city under its control… Read More

Letters June 8, 2017

One Jewish home The year is 1968, a year following the Six-Day War of 1967. An American patriot and not a Zionist, I become a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The world has changed. Jerusalem, the city ancient and new, is reunited (“How the Six-Day War changed American Jews,” June 1). As the… Read More