Wrong Name To This Miracle

There was never an Israeli military operation named “Operation  Entebbe” (“Shalom USA Signs Off,” Dec. 5). The operation to rescue the Air France passengers and crew was called  “Operation Thunderbolt.” It was then renamed “Operation Jonathan” after Jonathan Netanyahu, who was killed during the mission. In this season of celebrating miracles the JT owes it… Read More

Best Decision I Ever Made

What is BBYO? I probably hear this question at least two times every day from family, friends and teachers, Jewish and not. Here’s the simple answer: BBYO is a Jewish pluralistic youth movement for ninth- through 12-graders to have meaningful experiences and connect to their Judaism. However, if you asked me what BBYO is, that’s… Read More

Now Is the Time for a United Front

To my environmental friends, colleagues and enthusiasts on the elections: I’ve heard from many of you how the November election results, with many political seats changing, left you very disappointed. I, too, am disappointed but for a different reason. Immediately after the elections I heard environmentalists bemoan the doomed fate that was “sealed” for the… Read More

‘It Cannot Go On Like This’

The disturbing attack on a young Jewish couple in a Paris suburb on Dec. 1 contained an element not seen in previous attacks thought to be motivated by anti-Semitism: the rape of a woman. This is an appalling crime against the 19-year-old victim and makes the attack qualitatively different from the disturbing attacks on Jews… Read More

Addressing Racial Bias

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In Ferguson, Mo., and again in Staten Island, N.Y., the widely reported decisions by grand juries not to indict white police officers accused of killing unarmed black men has brought protesters into the streets. The Jewish community, while not silent on the decisions, has been spotty in its response, perhaps reflecting the view that as… Read More

Our Jewish Birthright

The biblical kashrut laws for Jews have always been a powerful tool in keeping us a “nation set apart.” We left Jacob last week leaving Laban and Laban-land behind, heaven-bent on returning to the land of Abraham and to the house of Isaac. Jacob understands that his inner self has been overtaken by the deceitful… Read More

We at the BZD Mourn with Israel

The horrific slaughter of four rabbis, who were reciting morning prayers in a Jerusalem synagogue, is still one more reminder of the hatred and outrageous actions perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists in the name of Islam (“Horror in Har Nof,” Nov. 21). Equally disturbing are the wild, joyous celebrations that occurred among Palestinians, both in Gaza… Read More

Thank you, JT

Every week I look forward to reading your thorough coverage of the Jewish world. I read the heartbreaking article about the funerals of the murdered rabbis (“Horror in Har Nof,” Nov. 21). Many news organizations, even The New York Times, reported thousands came to pay the rabbis their final respects. Even the sad  photo and… Read More

Meeting the Jewish World’s New, Urgent Need

The rise in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities in academia begs for an effective strategy to address this new challenge. As Jewish teens arrive on college campuses, they are thrust into a vulnerable position: unprepared, uninformed, and unable to cope with hostility, antagonism and even worse against Israel and Jews. Furthermore, the problems in academia are… Read More

We’re Young, But We Get It

Two weeks ago, thousands of American Jewish leaders from across the country gathered outside Washington, D.C., for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly to discuss issues pertaining to Israel, Jewish continuity and campus life. One of the more engaging programs at the GA was a plenary panel featuring journalists I admire: Jeffrey Goldberg,… Read More