Schabas Rests

As chairman of a three-person U.N. human rights panel appointed to investigate violations during last summer’s Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas was deemed by many to be biased against Israel. Last week, the Israeli government, which had not cooperated with the panel, prompted Schabas’ resignation by publicizing a legal opinion he wrote on… Read More

The End Goal: Acceptance

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In opening his tale of sin and repentance in 17th-century Boston, Nathaniel Hawthorne observes that “the founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion… Read More

Rules and Regulations Parshat Mishpatim

After the Revelation at Sinai, after the giving of the Ten Commandments, after the thunder and lightning and the mountain covered in a cloud of smoke — what could possibly come next? What could follow that spectacular event? Rules and regulations: ordinary, mundane, everyday rules about how to live in a society. The contrast between… Read More

Becoming the Best Person I Can Be Parshat Yitro

In this week’s parshah, God hands down the Ten Commandments to the Jewish people. With these laws, the group of tribes finally becomes united as a nation, establishing a covenant between themselves and God. Essentially, this is a contract: If the Jewish people follow the commandments, God will protect them and provide for them. But… Read More

No Closure Yet for Kesher Israel

Leading and running a congregation is a labor of love requiring much hard work and a certain amount of selflessness. The leaders, members and staff of Kesher Israel in Georgetown have demonstrated that and more since the arrest in October of Rabbi Barry Freundel and his subsequent firing. The sensational nature of the charges —… Read More

The Fallout from Dermergate

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As Benjamin Netanyahu’s man in Washington, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer has succeeded in identifying himself more closely with his prime minister than any other envoy in the nation’s history. That may be why the criticism that has hit Netanyahu for his planned address to Congress in March has spilled over to Dermer. As the top… Read More

Embrace Our Values

There was a time when an employer could legally discriminate against a disabled employee, when disabled individuals could legally be excluded from public facilities, when a business could withhold services from a disabled customer. And it wasn’t that long ago. Can you believe it? With an eye on the seventh consecutive year in which Jewish… Read More

Egyptian President’s Courageous Words

Upon a world marred by Islamic turmoil, terror and violence (“Nous Sommes Charlie: Jewish community reacts to Paris attacks,” Jan. 16), a gift of inestimable value has been bestowed. On Dec. 28, in a speech directed at Islamic religious scholars and clerics, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said, “It is inconceivable that the ideology we… Read More

Israel and Hillarycare

The Republican Jewish Coalition (“Eyes on Adelson,” Jan. 23) is committed to the view that there should be no “significant daylight between the United States and Israel” on significant policy matters. In other words: What is good enough for Israel is good enough for America. Jewish religious law (halacha) regards health care as a right,… Read More

Gratitude for JT’s ‘A Place to Call Home’

We at CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. would like to express our thanks for the JT’s excellent coverage of our newest senior housing facility, Weinberg Manor South (“A Place to Call Home,” Jan. 16). Helping seniors age in place in our community is part of CHAI’s mission to develop and support thriving, stable communities in… Read More