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European anti-Semitism exploding: It’s not just about Hamas

by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

15 hours ago

A sign posted earlier in the week at a Turkish business in Belgium stating that Jews Zionists were not allowed, but dogs were. Image via Reuters

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the current explosion of anti-Semitism across Europe is caused by the war with Hamas in Gaza. But it’s not that simple.  The riots on the... read full article

  • Don’t dismiss California system’s fights over Israel divestment

    by Dr. Herb London

    2 days ago

    Experts disagree about who first observed, “academic politics is so vicious because the stakes are so low,” but when it comes to the ongoing student debates about divestment in companies doing business with Israel, the sentence is only half true. The conflicts have been remarkably...

  • Learning to argue on Tisha b’Av

    by Yehudah Mirsky, JTA

    2 days ago

    As we approach Tisha b’Av, the State of Israel is at war. The day’s commemoration of sorrow and pain, and urgent calls for introspection and reflection, couldn’t be coming at a more needed time.

    On Tisha b’Av we take upon ourselves the burden, and the grace, of our connection to...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink

    2 days ago

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

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  • How many more cycles of war for Israel and Gaza?

    by David N. Myers

    3 days ago

    There is a constituency of Jews out there who find themselves reduced to silence when contemplating the current conflict in Israel and Gaza. It is not just the fear of stepping out of line from the organized community’s lock-step support for the government of Israel. It is that the...

  • Blaming Israel won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    How much blame does Israel deserve for the tragic situation it finds itself in? If you listen to thinkers like celebrated author and peace activist David Grossman, quite a bit. 

    “Why, for these past few years,” Grossman asks in the New York Times, “has Israel avoided judicious...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    3 days ago

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    by Douglas J. Workman

    5 days ago

    About a decade ago, my rabbi was promoting congregational AIPAC involvement.  His argument went that AIPAC was not necessary for our local liberal Jewish Congressman, who was a member of our synagogue.  If he ever did anything anti-Israel, the rabbi always had the option of...

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