Expanding the Covenant Parshat Vayelech

At the edge of the Promised Land, Moses convenes his people one last time, to draw them into the covenant between them and their God. This great gathering of the masses evokes the last great gathering, forty years earlier, when the people of Israel were encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai. Then, in the… Read More

Best Deal Possible? How Naive

I found Jay Bernstein’s “Iran: No Deal Is Better than Bad Deal” (Sept. 4) to be a rational, balanced view, and his conclusion to be the correct. Building on Bernstein’s column, I want to raise my concerns regarding the motives of those Democratic leaders supporting the deal. I believe that most Democratic Party leaders believe… Read More

J Street Shows its True Colors

If anyone had any doubts as to where J Street stands with regard to the Israeli-Arab or Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict, then the appointment of a Muslim advocate should dispel them (“Meet J Street U’s New Muslim President, Amna Farooqi,” Sept. 4).  Certainly, the presence of a Muslim leading a purported Jewish organization with an agenda… Read More

Jewish Dems: Wake Up!

So first there was our “great Israel supporter” Nancy Pelosi, who during the Obamacare vote, immediately supported it after saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Now, we have “great Israel supporter” Ben Cardin who just announced he will vote against the Iran Deal (It’s… Read More

‘Pillar of Stability’: Not Israel

Second verse, same as the first: The ZOA’s penchant for misinformation continues. Marc Caroff (Your Say, Sept. 4) makes a gantze tzimmus over the fact that “the present Iran deal makes a mockery of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” — a venerable document, he insists, that “almost every nation on earth is party… Read More

Dems Beware!

Feeling grateful for an act that a senator did more than 30 years ago and continuing to support her after taking our community for granted is not wise (“The Right Path,” Sept. 11).  At the time when Sen. Barbara Mikulski helped the Persian Jews come to the United States, it did not cost her any… Read More

Yom Kippur Message: Take Nothing for Granted

On Tuesday last week, exactly one week before Rosh Hashanah, Israel awoke to a blinding sandstorm which strangely emanated from the east, from Syria and Iraq. Local meteorologists said that in the 75 years they had been keeping records, they had never seen a sandstorm coming from that direction. Generally we are affected by such… Read More

Is Migration Crisis Really a Holocaust Comparison?

Rabbi Chaim Landau

I have written previously of this crisis with the warning that the millions of Muslim migrants that Europe allows to enter its borders could very well radically change the entire continent, changing the cultural, social and indeed religious foundation of Christian Europe as we know it. And now the former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Saks, my… Read More

Treating the Cause of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Migrants and refugees with temporary documents board a ferry to take them to Athens at the port of the Greek island of Kos.

There is no question that Europe should take in refugees fleeing violence in Syria, as should the United States. Israel also could take in refugees, as opposition leader Isaac Herzog has called on the government to do — even though we recognize the issues of concern that must be addressed before such a move is… Read More

The Meaning of Religious Freedom

In the American folk-hero sweepstakes, Kim Davis doesn’t come close to Norma Rae or Rosa Parks. Davis is the clerk of Rowan County, Ky., who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and served five days in jail for contempt of court. In playing out her act of defiance, Davis was not speaking religious-freedom… Read More