‘You Start To Give Up’

Despite the fact that 85 percent of the Israeli population, according to a poll published by The Jerusalem Post, was opposed to Israel agreeing to release 104 prisoners with blood on their hands, a decision was made earlier this week to do so. Now, the family members of victims of terror are protesting — loud… Read More

At Peace

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Earlier this week, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Washington to launch a new round of peace negotiations. There is a cynical and skeptical Palestinian and Israeli public, but the parties agreed to meet nonetheless. As Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the media on July 29, he told listeners that he was under… Read More

‘If We Didn’t Do It …’

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The July 26 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for, as the editorial put it, “an orderly… Read More

Because We Are Jewish

The Torah reiterates, no less than 36 times, the commandment to love the stranger as ourselves, for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt. The Exodus narrative is not just about the suffering and flight of the Jews, but it delivers a universal message about Jewish commitment to human rights and refugee protection…. Read More

Inside The Mossad

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Dan Raviv is a Washington, D.C.-based national correspondent for CBS and host of its “Weekend Roundup.” He is also known for co-authoring “Every Spy A Prince: The Complete History of Israel’s Intelligence Community.” He posts weekly on his blog at israelspy.com. The JT recently caught up with Raviv to talk about his new book, “Spies… Read More

‘Some Were Neighbors’

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A new story-based exhibition is open at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, allowing visitors to explore and think about the concepts of collaboration and complicity of individuals during the Holocaust. Entitled “Some Were Neighbors,” the exhibition, which took nearly six years to complete and was underwritten in part by grants from the David Berg… Read More

Unexpected Allies

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If the composition of the American public in was in 2004 what it became in 2012, John Kerry would have been elected president. According to Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, it is projected that by 2050, 47 percent of the U.S will be white, 29 percent Latino, 13 percent black… Read More

ADL Audit: Anti-Semitic Incidents Declined 14 Percent

The total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States fell by 14 percent in 2012, continuing a three-year trend of incremental declines, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued July 22. The ADL Audit reported a total of 927 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. in 2012 including assaults, vandalism… Read More

A Big Mensch

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Former Ohio congressman Eric Fingerhut, who was chancellor of the board of regents for Ohio’s state’s public universities and colleges, is the new president of Hillel. Fingerhut was unanimously chosen by the board of directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life on July 14. He is expected to take the helm of the… Read More

On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

A plaque engraved with names of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is mounted on a fence outside Station 7, their home base in Prescott, Ariz.
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On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha b’Av we already know who — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona. “This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. Unknowingly, the governor connected me to the mood of the Ninth of… Read More