In recent days an intense but familiar battle has challenged the Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora. It’s not about the threat of a nuclear Iran, tensions in U.S.-Israel relations or the plight of Gilad Shalit. This time the conflict lies within — timely given the period of Tisha B’Av and our focus on how infighting has threatened the Jewish community through the ages.
It?s a popular blessing, or curse, depending on your viewpoint, often attributed to Confucius: ?May you live in interesting times.? Well, we in the world of Jewish philanthropy are certainly living in interesting times.