Opinion

August 14, 2014

Joshua Runyan concludes his Aug. 1 Opening Thoughts column with a comment about Israel and Jewry having to “go it alone.”  Presumably Balaam’s observation (Num. 23:9) about such apartness of the Jewish people underlies this remark. The Afrikaner (South African) word meaning apartness is apartheid. Logically, an apartheid people have every right to live as CONTINUE »

Parshat Eikev
BY Rabbi Craig Axler
August 14, 2014

This week’s Torah portion, Eikev, begins relating God’s promise of blessing to the people of Israel. They are about to enter the Promised Land, where God will increase the yield of their harvests and the fertility of their families and livestock if they listen to God. One blessing after another flows through the first verses. CONTINUE »

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BY Rabbi Jessy Gross
August 14, 2014

In a time and place when many in my generation perceive religion and politics as one in the same and often opt out of formal community involvement rather than opt in, why would anyone want to become a rabbi? After all, on Sept. 11, 2001, as I began my final year of undergraduate studies at CONTINUE »

BY Richard Schreibstein
August 14, 2014

It is a great honor to become Federation president. As I told my daughter, it was a hard-fought campaign with no opponents!  My plan is to continue the efforts of Rob Cahn, my immediate predecessor, to make the Federation into a modern nonprofit organization able to sustain itself and its programs through the contributions made CONTINUE »

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August 14, 2014

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan was once a promising Middle Eastern leader. He had good relations with the West and a constructive, strategic relationship with Israel. And then it all fell apart. In the span of a few short years, Erdogan morphed into a despot who promoted a nationalist opposition to the West and a visceral CONTINUE »