When my children grow up will they love Israel? I don’t know – but that’s not my goal. It’s too simplistic.
Why rabbis should break laws to protect undocumented immigrants.
In his recent column (“How Bibi Played Us On The Iran Deal — And We Let Him”) Peter Beinart claims Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu duped us by hyping the threat posed by the Iran nuclear deal. But who does Beinart mean by “us”? It doesn’t take a Bibi Netanyahu to recognize the dangers the accord poses to Israel and American interests, something Beinart is somehow not even willing to concede. So let “us” review.
As liberals, we should be calling for this recognition of de facto annexation. That doesn’t mean acceptance, but it would force the issue and forestall the continued slow motion annexation and ethnic cleansing which are the reality of the expanded settlement project.
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
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.
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