Abbas: Quran Recognizes Jewish Ties to Israel

The Quran itself, Islam’s holy book, recognizes the Jews’ historic ties to the land of Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a group of American Jewish leaders at a June 10 meeting in Washington.

Yoffie Announces Plans To Retire From URJ

Rabbi Eric Yoffie has announced plans to step down from the top organizational post in Reform Judaism, effective in two years.

Israel Tries To Walk a Fine Line In Examination Of Flotilla Raid

The deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea has left both Israel and Turkey searching for answers. Who fired the first shot on the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, where the nine deaths occurred? What motivated some pro-Palestinian activists to attack the Israeli commandos who boarded that ship, when other commandos boarding other ships in the flotilla weren’t attacked at all?

Cemeteries Are Becoming New Challenge for Interfaith Families

Four amot. That’s the distance that should separate plots for intermarried families from the rest of a Jewish cemetery, according to a new decision by Conservative Judaism’s rabbinical association. It’s roughly equivalent to about 6 feet, and for Andy Bachman, a Reform rabbi, that’s 6 feet too far.

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Writer Takes Controversial Look at Israel-South Africa Ties

When Random House chose this summer for the publication of Sasha Polakow-Suransky’s new book documenting, for the first time, the extent of Israel’s “secret relationship” with apartheid South Africa, it had the World Cup in mind. The sporting event would put South Africa in the spotlight and the book might benefit from the attention.

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