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 By Abraham H. Miller    Opinions    February 24, 2017 

HIAS should return to its roots

Imagine you are an impoverished religious Jew living in Paris. You can no longer wear religious garb out of fear of being set upon by assailants from North Africa who will beat you to within an inch of your life, if not take it. Your children are...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    February 24, 2017 

Understanding the outposts

To hear the news media tell it, Israel’s Knesset has approved extreme right-wing legislation that will steal Palestinian land by legalizing illegal outposts and thereby demolish the last hopes for Middle East peace. The truth, of course, is very...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    February 24, 2017 

A matter of perspective

In 1950, my family moved to Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. It was a lovely, leafy area with stately homes and a storied history. Once my parents bought their home we were shocked to find that just shortly before we moved, a law was...

 
 By Ben Suster    Opinions    February 24, 2017 

Viewpoint: Israel's potential role in fixing the global water crisis

We are undeniably blessed to live in a first-world nation like the United States and it’s not because of the copious amounts of WiFi hotspots and unlimited breadsticks at Olive Garden. Nor is it because of our incomparable military and massive...

 
 Opinions    February 24, 2017 

We need more Jews for Judaism

Dear Editor: I was delighted to learn that West Volusia County and the National Jewish Outreach Program rediscovered the fourth of the Ten Commandments. Now, let us remind the Jewish women who marched on Shabbat in Washington, D.C., holding up signs...

 
 Opinions    February 24, 2017 

It's best for our communities to support our day schools

Dear Editor: In the Feb. 3, 2017, edition of the Heritage, Abigail Pickus gives a detailed argument in favor of expanding government support of Jewish days schools. While I certainly understand the source of this desire of additional funding I am...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 17, 2017

At last, a real threat

I will admit that this sounds perverse, but Iran’s recent ballistic missile test was welcome in one important sense. Let me explain. Just more than a fortnight into President Donald Trump’s administration, America and the world have been...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    February 17, 2017

Palestinian kids write terrorist poetry

Like schoolchildren everywhere, Palestinian Arab children occasionally are assigned by their teachers to write poems. But the poetry they produce is not like that of children in the U.S. or elsewhere in the free world. Palestinian Media Watch...

 
 By David Benkof    Opinions    February 17, 2017

No, Orthodox Jews cannot 'just send their kids to public school'

Liberals are saying Trump Education nominee Betsy DeVos “wants to take money away from public schools” by helping parents use taxpayer dollars for religious and other schools. But under the current system, the government unfairly forces many...

 
 By Abraham H. Miller    Opinions    February 17, 2017

Point: Trump's travel ban: clumsy launch, perfectly legal

To say the implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban was clumsy would be an understatement. To say, however, that the principles involved were totally without constitutional justification would be unwarranted.  Since Trump’s...

 
 By Albert L. Kramer    Opinions    February 17, 2017

Counterpoint: Syrian refugee ban has same flawed rationale as refusal of Holocaust refugees

There are all kinds of sayings reminding us that if we fail to learn from the tragedies of the past, we are doomed to relive them in the future. We appear to have failed to heed that warning.  On May 31, 1939, the German ship St. Louis left...

 
 Opinions    February 17, 2017

JCC bomb threats: Build solidarity across Orlando

Dear Editor: The spate of recent bomb threats at our Maitland Jewish Community Campus should not lead to making American Jewish life similar to Paris or other cities in Europe. Walking or driving through more security fences and being searched by...

 
 By Rabbi Dov Fischer    Opinions    February 10, 2017

Backstory of Holocaust statement proves Trump's a mensch

It turns out, according to today’s JTA, that the Holocaust Statement was written—all or mostly—by Boris Epshteyn, a strongly identifying American Jew, of Russian Jewish ethnicity, who is in the Trump inner circle and who is a descendant of...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 10, 2017

The promise of Ahmed Hussen

He came to Canada as a 16-year-old refugee from Somalia. He’s highly regarded across the Canadian political spectrum. He was just appointed as immigration minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Now 40 years old, Ahmed Hussen has...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    February 10, 2017

Jewish ex-State Department gang undermines embassy move

Someday, perhaps, a team of sociologists and psychologists will examine the curious question of why Jewish ex-State Department officials are obsessed with Israel. Until that day comes, though, the rest of us will be stuck having to listen to those...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    February 10, 2017

'Remember the 11 million'? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians

WASHINGTON (JTA)—“Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week...

 
 By Danny Danon    Opinions    February 10, 2017

Honor the memory of Nazi victims by speaking out against anti-Semitism

(JTA)—The world comes together every Jan. 27 to remember the most devastating tragedy in history: the Shoah. We remember the victims of the Nazi regime. The loved ones lost and the shameful treatment of human life and human dignity. We also make...

 
 Opinions    February 10, 2017

Play to win or play to please?

Dear Editor: Needless to say, I was quite disturbed by the recent article in the Heritage, “Radical Syrian cleric comes to Central Florida—a wolf in sheep’s clothing?” Disturbed, why was I disturbed? Well, that’s easy to answer. The first...

 
 Opinions    February 3, 2017

Fake news and Israel

By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller Aish Hatorah Resources No headline seems too far-fetched when it comes to spreading false news stories about Israel. Fake news about Israel went mainstream recently when a member of Britain’s House of Lords re-posted a...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    February 3, 2017

U.S. knew of Nazi euthanasia gassings but remained silent

Ahead of this year’s marking of International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27, new details have been revealed concerning how much the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration knew about the Nazis’ euthanasia policy, and why the U.S. failed to...

 
 By Ira Sharkansky    Opinions    February 3, 2017

Barack Obama, RIP?

Obama’s strength is a capacity to speak, and excite many of us. Sometimes in support of what he says. Sometimes in frustration about his slippery superficiality. Sometimes with greater enmity. That he is also black adds to the appeal for many, and...

 
 By Jonathan A. Greenblatt    Opinions    February 3, 2017

What Trump can do for Mideast peace on day one

(JTA)—In the run-up to his swearing-in on Friday, President Donald Trump made a series of big promises to Israel. Aside from his oft-repeated pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he has talked about reviving the peace proces...

 
 By Seffi Kogen    Opinions    February 3, 2017

We'll lose the campus if Israel becomes a partisan cause

(JTA)—For decades, supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship have insisted on strong bipartisanship rather than allying their cause with the Democrats or Republicans. So even while a typical bit of punditry over the past few presidencies was to...

 
 Opinions    February 3, 2017

Now, more than ever, embrace solidarity

Dear Community Members, It’s been a challenging few weeks for the Jewish community of Greater Orlando and other Jewish communities, as an individual or individuals have sought to disrupt JCC and Jewish school operations across the nation,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 27, 2017

Why the Palestinian question won't disappear

It’s been clear for a long time that there is little difference between the character of terrorist attacks in Israel and those in the West more broadly. Trucks ram into crowds—as they did in Nice, Berlin and Jerusalem. Terrorists blow up or shoot...

 

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