A Matter of Trust, Sanctity

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The arrest last week of Rabbi Barry Freundel on six charges of voyeurism has shaken his congregation, Kesher Israel in Georgetown, as well the Jewish community of greater Washington and the Orthodox world at large. Freundel had influence far beyond his synagogue and the mikvah, or ritual bath, next door, from where he allegedly videotaped… Read More

Searching for Opportunities Among Contradictions

In the Middle East today, the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy, and every action — including doing nothing — produces a negative reaction. For example, American disengagement in Iraq and refusal to intervene in the Syrian civil war have been identified as the root causes of the rise of the so-called Islamic… Read More

Staying Ahead of Crises

hazardous material crew cleans the apartment of Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan was the first Ebola case 
diagnosed in the U.S. He died on Oct. 8.

Recent news of the first transmission of the Ebola virus in the U.S. — a nurse in Texas infected by the disease while treating the now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan, with the CDC attributing her infection to a breakdown in protocol — is spreading fear in a way that the reality of the 4,000 dead in… Read More

On El Al, We Are One People

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Airline travel is difficult enough without passengers making a scene. But that’s what occurred on an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv just before Rosh Hashanah, when a number of haredi men went so far as to try to pay other passengers so they would not have to sit next to women… Read More

Sweden’s False Steps

Whether it was a declaration of diplomatic independence or a move designed to give the peace process a boost, the announcement last week by new Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that his country plans to recognize the state of Palestine is unwelcome. While it is true that more than 130 countries have already recognized Palestine… Read More

Blood Money

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With its recent judgment against Arab Bank, a New York jury has potentially paved the way for justice in the form of significant financial penalties against the bank and compensatory payments to victims of terror and their families. We see this as a significant decision — one that through the legal process will enable victims… Read More

A Hunger for Justice

By many indicators, America is recovering from the recession that hit six years ago. The reported rates of employment, the GDP and the stock market are all moving in a positive direction. But when it comes to food security — the ability of Americans to feed themselves and their families — things are still far… Read More

­Seeing Red at Ohio University

Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec made headlines last week when she responded to the university president’s ALS ice bucket challenge by pouring a bucket of blood-colored water over her head. Speaking in her official capacity as a student leader, she said the stunt was intended to send “a message of student concern of… Read More

A Quiet But Vital Role

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  Last week, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State insurgents who have swept through and now occupy parts of Syria and Iraq. In his primetime speech, the president promised that the United States will work “with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy”the Islamic State. Ten Arab countries… Read More

Back to School with BDS

The just-begun school year on college campuses is threatening an invigorated effort in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. From academic bodies to student groups, agitation is reportedly building — ostensibly in support of the Palestinian cause — to brand Israel as an apartheid state, a colonial power and genocidal. The BDS… Read More