Rockefeller BDS and Campus Anti-Semitism

The New Israel Fund (NIF) recently received a grant to “research and report on anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.” On the surface, this appears to be a welcome development — a progressive group being mobilized to confront a major social malady plaguing institutions of higher education. Beneath the surface of the September grant, however, are vested… Read More

Meaningful Giving

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Lately my mind has been awash with thoughts pushing and pulling in all directions, motivated by my love of family (immediate and communal), my connection to Israel and the Jewish people and the needs of my new business. The connectedness of those things most important to me adds meaning to my life and inspires me… Read More

ADL Seizes the Center

It’s not often that a Jewish organization  revises its position on a public matter. Most groups are beholden to an ideological slice of donors and members and are frozen on a single track. Yet, the groups that take nuanced and thoughtful positions are the ones that generally win the respect of the wider community. So… Read More

House Support for Israel

It is rare to get the warring political factions in Washington to agree on anything. But last week, in a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives sent a clear message to President Barack Obama that he should oppose any U.N. Security Council resolution that seeks to impose on the parties a  solution to the Israeli-Palestinian… Read More

Monumental Portion about Monuments Parshat Vayetzei

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Our Torah portion, Vayetzei, tells of Jacob’s journey into exile and, not coincidentally, the first instance of a monument, matzevah, to God in Jewish history. Until this point, the great biblical personalities have erected altars to God: Noah when he exited from the ark, Abraham when he first came to Israel, Isaac when he dedicated… Read More

What Other Country?

Based on “ceding heavily Arab populated areas of Israel proper — specifically in the Galilee — to the Palestinians,” the JT’s Nov. 25 editorial, “Settlements Again,” states that Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “hasn’t explained how he proposes to get Israeli citizens to agree to become part of another country.” I’m not sure what other country… Read More

Sadly, Compromise Is Long Gone

The JT’s article about Bernie Sanders promoting his progressive politics (“Bernie Is Back,” Nov. 25) reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Abraham Lincoln. Paraphrasing, Lincoln said, “One can judge a man’s character by how he treats those who can do him absolutely no good.” I definitely do not agree with all of… Read More

Why No Mention of Rabbi Essrog?

How could the JT publish a long article about the history of Beth Israel Congregation (“A Labor of Love,” Nov. 25) without once mentioning the late Rabbi Seymour L. Essrog? Isn’t that Rabbi Essrog in your picture, wielding a shovel as “Beth Israel members and clergy break ground at the congregation’s then-new home on Liberty… Read More

Be Wary of Democratic Party

The next presidential election in 2020 will be the pivot point for Jews (“Rabbis on Trump: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Civil Liberties,’” Nov. 25). We have always voted for Democrats, but in the next presidential election, circumstance will be very different. The Democratic Party continues to veer toward socialism, radicalism and extremism. Its… Read More

A Jewish Place

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I’ve never been to Vermont, but after reading correspondent Liz Spikol’s tale of Jewish life in the Green Mountain State, I’ve added a trip there to my bucket list. Liz, who spent almost a week in the state, begins her story with a quote from Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont, a… Read More