The Day After Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced much criticism for the way he conducted the war. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

If the open-ended cease-fire with Hamas is holding when you are reading these words, Israelis will be in the midst of evaluating their country’s 50-day war in Gaza in an effort to determine what went right, what went wrong and what comes next. Unlike Hamas, which declared victory after leader Khaled Mashaal came out of… Read More

We Are What We Remember

The last paragraph of Ki Tetze is the maftir reading in non-Reform congregations on the Shabbat before Purim. Its opening word, zachor, remember, names that Shabbat. “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey after you left Egypt — how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were… Read More

Remember the Service of Years Ago

Two centuries ago, the European world awaited what would become of the curious American experiment that had popped up on the other side of the Atlantic. Just 38 years prior, delegates from each of the 13 colonies from Georgia to Massachusetts declared their independence from King George III and five years after that defeated his… Read More

U.S. Must Acknowledge Truth about Gross’ Mission

Thank you for your concern about Alan Gross (“A Call for Help,” Aug. 15). However the editorial is 100 percent wrong: Publicly, the government is saying the right things. For example, National Security Council spokesman Patrick Ventrell said last week that “we use every appropriate diplomatic channel to press for Mr. Gross’ release, both publicly… Read More

Cherishing One’s Family History

Thank you for an excellent and very interesting article (“Digging Up My Roots,” Aug. 15). I have been interested in my family history for 40 years, since I was 14 years old. I was fortunate enough to know my paternal grandmother, who passed away at age 83 when I was almost 17 years old; my… Read More

Limmud Means Learning

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been hooked on learning, especially Jewish learning. My first stumbling steps toward reading Hebrew led to a fascination with our people’s living ancient/modern language. Fortunately, my parents supported my desire to go to Camp Ramah, which in the 1950s immersed youth in eight weeks of Hebrew as… Read More

Fueling Our Future or Our Destruction?

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Despite outlining my topics for this column months ago, the events this summer in Israel have lead me to change course and address a critical issue that, although related to environmental sustainability and our use (or misuse) of natural resources, more closely aligns with our sustainability as a people. For weeks I’ve been sifting through… Read More

An Easy Choice in Gaza

Hamas may have been trying to make an example last week through the firing-squad execution of at least 25 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel. But the public killings in the same week as the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State made Hamas look not so much as the flag bearer… Read More

Forget Syria in Fight Against Islamic Foe

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The United States is considering authorizing airstrikes in Syria in an effort to combat the growing strength of the Islamic State. Those potential strikes raise the question whether that effort will lead to some degree of cooperation between the U.S. and the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We hope not. Even with the… Read More

What We Need Is Healthy Communication

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Back-to-school season is firmly upon us, and with the sales on school supplies just recently ended, the big yellow buses have returned local streets to quagmires of morning and afternoon traffic. Many children are overjoyed at meeting friends they haven’t seen all summer, while quite a few parents are ecstatic that the little ones are… Read More