There is a certain rush we get when we can validate negative thoughts about another person or group. It is one thing to make judgments about Kushner’s actions (or lack thereof) in the face of unjust public policy. It is quite another to judge an entire segment of our Jewish brothers and sisters, and to seek an emotional triumph in another round of the game “will the real Jews please stand up?” Mussar is one important way to overcome that impulse.
My 5-year Israel Bond came due on February 1. Over the past few months, I have been deliberating whether or not to renew the bond, as I have done for decades. I have decided not to renew, as I cannot support the current Israeli government and the perilous direction in which it is headed.42
Here is the question that Peter Beinart does not ask, the question that lurks behind his observation of Jared’s observance. It is a deeper, and even darker question about American Jews and their Judaism. The truth is: while many Jews are connected, at least ritually, to Judaism, when we talk about the values that they live and promote – is there is a vast Jewish disconnect?11
Local resettlement organizations receive $2,075 per refugee with which they must pay staff and overhead while providing the refugee with transportation, a fully furnished apartment for three months, a kitchen stocked with food, English lessons and cultural orientation, a cash allowance, assistance with school enrollment, and job placement services.8
We wanted to be there for the grieving family and community. But there was also a parent’s natural instinct.
The left’s confusion about what constitutes “morality” compels us to respond to Forward editor Jane Eisner’s criticism of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) because ZOA supports President Trump’s executive order titled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.”83
We need to be absolutely clear about this attack upon Richard Spencer: It is a terrible thing that happened when Richard Spencer was punched in the face. Discussing his attack in an even-handed manner is wrong and immoral and may promote further violence.
Now, more than ever, the American Jewish community must call on our country’s elected officials to ensure that vulnerable populations of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are offered refuge in time of need.
If not for the NAACP, the ACLU, and other stalwart civil rights groups, it may have taken American lawmakers another generation to outlaw segregation in schools. If not for ACRI and other human and civil rights organizations in Israel, Israeli democracy may not live up to its greatest ideals, enshrined in Israel’s declaration of independence.
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