Breaking Free from a Personal Mitzrayim

Passover is a holiday defined by coming out toward freedom. The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, meaning, “from the narrows,” represents not so much a geographic location as a state of mind, from which each of us seeks liberation in our own way. In my case, I started life as a first-born son but could… Read More

Restarting U.S.-Israel Relationship Also Depends on Palestinians

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As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his campaign for re-election, I am even more troubled by statements coming out of the White House calling for a reassessment of policy toward Israel, including a reconsideration of the historic American veto in the U.N. Security Council. Let me… Read More

Why the Change?

I object to the new format of your obituary e-mail notifications. It’s annoying to have to open another page (particularly on-the-go, with sometimes spotty reception) and I often don’t know the deceased, but do know one of the family members mentioned later in death notices. Please go back to the old format with the text… Read More

Amassing Solutions Through Citizen Impact

One question that everyone who cares about making their community a better place to live has struggled to answer is: How do we start to make improvement? Innovation and relevance are definitely keys to unlock these answers. And deputizing citizens to become a part of the solution can accumulate immense amount of impact. Citizens rallying… Read More

Celebrate Freedom with Fair Trade Chocolate

A few movies have affected me so deeply that I knew a new journey was opening for me. One of those was “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” which I saw at the Fair Trade Federation conference in fall 2010. It explicitly documents child labor’s role in the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast. I was… Read More

Times Gets It Wrong on JNF and Bedouin Arabs

In a March 1 op-ed for The New York Times, “The Two Israels,” Nicholas Kristof made a rather broad accusation stating that Jewish National Fund plants forests on land owned by Bedouin Arabs. Unfortunately, Kristof chose to subscribe to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement’s diatribe against Israel and used JNF as a straw… Read More

Twisted Logic

In political arenas, both domestic and international, logic does not always prevail. In fact, emotion, wishful thinking and just plain spinning the facts to meet one’s needs seems to have become more and more prevalent. A case in point is the Armenian diaspora’s insistence that Jews throughout the world publicly support Armenian claims related to… Read More

Together as One, Forever United

“Together as one, forever united.”The importance of these words has recently, in the face of constant anti-Semitism, stood out to the global Jewish community. During Presidents Day weekend, more than 2,000 Jewish teens from around the world gathered in Atlanta for BBYO’s annual International Convention to demonstrate how, when taken to heart, these words have… Read More

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy

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Rarely has a speech given by a foreign international leader received such a voluminous ocean of words, warnings and dire consequences as that given to ally and friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. He is only the second leader — the first was the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill — to have addressed… Read More