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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Op-eds

Presidential Candidates’ Health Issues Prompt Scrutiny of Running Mates’ Israel Views

Washington, D.C. - With the presidential candidates’ health now in the spotlight, their running mates’ positions on Israel are attracting fresh scrutiny from the Jewish community.

Hillary Clinton’s medical episode at the 9/11 memorial, the pneumonia her doctor said she has and previous health problems - and the refusal of both Clinton and Donald Trump to

Terror Victims: When Will the US Stand With Us?

Terror victims and their advocates suffered a major setback Aug. 31, when a US appeals court overturned a $655 million judgment that had been obtained by Mark Sokolow and 10 other families against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization. Families who had won a hard-fought courtroom victory 18 months earlier tasted the bitterness of defeat. I

Grassroots Jewish Organizations Roar

Richard Allen is not a careful, polished Jewish communal leader with a seasoned staff operating from a midtown Manhattan office, ensconced behind a stylized logo, fortified by tax-exempt donations and burnished advisors. Allen is a private businessman. He wields his entire organization from a computer in his office and, not

Trump as a Matter of Principle

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of op-eds aimed at the upcoming November presidential elections. We are actively seeking submissions from community members regarding the candidates, and we want to hear your views. Please email them to [email protected].

We’re members of a minority:

Can Israel’s New Proactive UN Posture Lead to Security Council Seat?

Long panned for harboring deep anti-Israel bias, the United Nations (UN) has often been discounted by critical Israeli leaders as an organization with little hope for any success. However, after a tireless effort by the Israeli delegation to the UN, earlier this summer the Jewish state was selected for the first time to head the UN’s

Wave of Islamic Terror Presents Clash of Ideals for European Media

Beginning with the bloody July 14 Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France, that left 84 people dead, Western Europe has seen an unrelenting wave of violence mainly perpetrated by individuals with connections to or sympathies with the Islamic State terror group. These attacks on European soil are now occurring with a near daily frequency,

Preparing for the Morning After the Election

The most remarkable thing about the recent failed coup in Turkey is how utterly unremarkable it actually was. While this particular coup was unsuccessful, since 1960 Turkey has been overthrown four times through takeovers organized and perpetrated by its own military.

Tim Kaine and Jewish Voters

The Jewish community’s polarization in reaction to the selection of Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate illustrates the political chasm that divides American Jewry.

Disappointed in the Appointed: Grasping How Orthodox Leaders Can Lead Unorthodox Lives

Another scandal. What does that say about Orthodoxy? Rabbis? Me?

What a Shame

A brilliant talmid chacham (Torah scholar), who taught Torah to thousands both in person and through shiurim (classes) on several websites, was recently discovered to have violated several extremely serious Torah, Rabbinic and ethical prohibitions

Purim: Balancing Partying and Priorities

The holiday of Purim celebrates one of the happiest times in Jewish History. With the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash and all of its desolation, the salvation of the Jews during the times of King Achashveirosh was a holiday of renewal. The rescinding of the decrees of Haman set the stage for the completion of the construction of

Foreign Affairs: The War Ahead of Europe

“You cry like a woman because you couldn’t defend like a man,” said Muhammad XII’s mother as the weeping emir left the Alhambra Palace for the ceremony in which he surrendered to Spain, Islam’s last West-European realm.

That was in 1492. Now the pendulum has swung. As Muslims this week

A Lesson for the Jews—From ‘The Waltons’

The passing of a television writer is not the sort of event that usually raises questions about the future of American society. But the recent death of Earl Hamner, Jr., creator of the 1970s series “The Waltons,” coming as it does in the midst of an exceptionally tumultuous political season, invites fresh consideration of the state of