The Chasidic tradition brings us the following story: “One day Rabbi Ber was walking with some of his Chasidim when he saw a little girl standing behind a wall and crying. ‘Why are you crying, little girl?’ he asked. ‘I was playing hide-and-seek with my friends,’ said the little girl, ‘and they didn’t come to… Read More
It was great to read “Get Your Facts Straight” in the JT’s Sept. 23 Your Say section, as the Jewish community needs to have a substantive, reasonable discussion about the security and future of Israel. The two-state solution requires a truthful dialogue in which all views receive attention.
Terror victims and their advocates suffered a major setback Aug. 31, when a U.S. appeals court overturned a $655 million judgment that had been obtained by Mark Sokolow and 10 other families against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization. Families who had won a hard-fought courtroom victory 18 months earlier tasted the bitterness of… Read More
Donald Trump’s proposal to use a national Deportation Force to evict 11 million illegal residents is an odious and repugnant idea of draconian proportion. It will neither be “fair nor humane.” It will impact American values, interpersonal relations and America’s perception around the world. Sadly, Trump’s bombastic tone demonizing these illegals sounds not too different… Read More
The JT’s Sept. 16 editorial “J Street Crosses the Line” badly misses the mark. The proliferation of settlements on the West Bank not only incites the Palestinians, but also is a major barrier to a two-state solution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict by depriving the Palestinians of land they would need to create a viable state…. Read More
Wow, I loved this story (“You Should Know … Gal Massaton,” Sept. 23). What an outstanding emissary and spokesperson for Israel! Thank you for publishing this item.
An estimated 100 million viewers had an unvarnished look at the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates on Monday night. The nationally televised — and live-streamed — debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton showed the two for who they are and so gave the American electorate a chance to make a more educated decision on… Read More
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit all the right notes in their public comments before their 35-minute meeting in New York last week during the United Nations General Assembly. Obama declared the bond between the two countries “unbreakable.” He thanked former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who recently suffered a stroke, “for… Read More
The Syrian refugee crisis has prompted public debate worldwide, especially in the U.S. presidential campaign, over the issue of immigration. Should a nation’s top priority be to meet the humanitarian needs of people attempting to flee a war zone? Or should it be to emphasize national security concerns stemming from the terroristic affiliations of a… Read More
Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More