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“The People Seek Social Justice”

By Bob Goldfarb

August 28, 2011 | 12:46 am

As governments are being overturned by massive protests across the Arab world, another kind of movement is being shaped elsewhere—by members of the middle class.  In India, frustrated by... read on

  • Facts and Truths

    By Bob Goldfarb

    August 6, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    In Friday’s English-language edition of Haaretz Op-Ed columnist Nehemia Shtrasler takes Amos Oz to task for his recollections of Israel’s first thirty years.  “I didn’t know that Israel was once a paradise,” he writes, and offers facts and figures to prove it:

      * In order to... read on

  • Arts in the Spotlight: JCC Maccabi ArtsFest in Israel

    By Bob Goldfarb

    August 2, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Five years ago the JCCs of North America, the umbrella organization for Jewish Community Centers, added a new component to its summertime athletic competition, the JCC Maccabi Games.  Called ArtsFest, it provides a way for artistically talented teens to have shared experiences like... read on

  • Putting Israel on Trial

    By Bob Goldfarb

    July 22, 2011 | 7:56 am

    The philosopher Bertrand Russell made a public appeal in 1966 for an International War Crimes Tribunal to conduct a trial of the United States for its actions in Vietnam.  Russell, an antiwar protester since World War I, accused the U.S. and its allies of imperialism and violations... read on

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  • A Drama about Father and Son and Academe: “Footnote”

    By Bob Goldfarb

    July 4, 2011 | 1:56 am

    There’s a scene in Joseph Cedar’s new film, Footnote, that may bring a smile to Americans of a certain bent.  At a ceremonial event for Israeli academics there’s an emotional discussion in the lobby about Daniel Boyarin, the Berkeley-based scholar, and his ideas about gender in... read on

  • Seeking Meaningful Prayer in Tel Aviv

    By Bob Goldfarb

    July 1, 2011 | 1:36 am

    Last month a group of young professionals in Tel Aviv organized a watershed event at a historic synagogue that they have adopted as their own.  With the donation of a Torah scroll from a celebrity member they began a new era in what they describe as not only a synagogue, but also a... read on

  • Jewish Identity Here and There

    By Bob Goldfarb

    June 30, 2011 | 1:00 am

    Today’s Jerusalem Post reports these observations by Knesset member Nachman Shai (Kadima), head of the legislature’s Conversion Caucus:

    “There are over 300,000 Israelis [mostly from the former Soviet Union] here who are Jewish in heart, in feeling and by their presence here, and... read on

  • Gay Marriage in Israel?  Two Developments

    By Bob Goldfarb

    June 28, 2011 | 1:15 am

    Following the legalization of gay marriage in New York State, Maariv columnist Shmuel Rosner reflected yesterday on the prospects for such a thing in Israel.  He refers (in Hebrew) to a seemingly obscure ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court two weeks ago that directed the Interior... read on

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