John Kerry’s Accomplishment

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Many thought that in taking on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, Secretary of State John Kerry was embarking on a fool’s errand. But after investing significant time, effort and his own reputation in the process, he was able to bring the parties to the table last week. By achieving that result, Kerry confounded the doubters, at least in… Read More

‘Everyone’s Rabbis’

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The recent election in Israel of Rabbi David Lau as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef as Sephardi chief rabbi, may seem like a victory for the status quo. Indeed, many assume that the new chief rabbis are unlikely to make any meaningful changes in the Rabbinate’s approach and attitude toward the increasing number… Read More

HIAS In Search Of A Mission

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HIAS, once known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is looking for a new purpose. Founded in New York at the turn of the 20th century, the organization was created to assist with the resettlement of Jewish immigrants who needed help getting acclimated to their new homes. The organization thrived through its first half-century and… Read More

When Friends Leak

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There is an old political adage: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in international relations, only interests.” While it is unquestionably true that the U.S.-Israel relationship is rock solid, and that the United States and Israel share a deep friendship and a thick web of interests, there appears to be one or more people… Read More

Mandela’s Rise Above Resentment

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical condition.

As we go to press, Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Pretoria, South Africa hospital. He is the subject of much discussion and admiration. World leaders, including President Barack Obama, are jockeying for a final opportunity to visit with him. It is difficult to think of Mandela without trying to identify another world… Read More