Keeping Kosher Competitive

Competition is a good thing, right? That question always comes up when the subject being discussed is competing kosher businesses in what is often a small market. And that question is going to be asked quite a bit in Baltimore with the news that Seasons, a New York-based kosher supermarket chain, plans to open in… Read More

Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement

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At the Reform movement’s biennial gathering in San Diego last week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), 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… Read More

An Alternative To Peace?

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The current round of Israel-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 that the complaints and finger pointing from the Israelis and Palestinians… 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

Assad, War Criminal

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On Monday, the U.N.’s human rights chief accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes in his two-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

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

A Questionable Agreement

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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

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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

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Prime Minister Binyamin 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… Read More