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Time 'dimensions' and the Jewish People

The strength and survivability of the Jewish people has always been their ability to simultaneously exist in three time “dimensions.” Not un-coincidently, the Torah’s narrative also speaks to us in the past, the present and the future. The...

 

Diaspora and Israeli Jews are responsible for each other

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, of which the United States is a member, adopted a non-legally binding “working definition of antisemitism” at its plenary on May 26, 2016, in Bucharest, Romania. Since then IHRA’s 42 member and...

 

Finally, an issue on which all Jews can agree

The last few weeks have witnessed a landmark development in Arab-Israeli relations upon which all fair-minded Jews can finally agree. I am of course referring to the agreement reached on Aug. 13, 2020, between the government of Israel and the...

 

Coronavirus is not America's only sickness

The pandemic has brought about extreme modifications to our everyday living and how we relate to family, friends and community. Government at every level is scampering, and for the most part failing to find effective policy initiatives and to...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 24, 2020

Sensitivity and teachable moments

Last week, I received an e-mail from a reader of my Everywhere column of July 10, 2020, titled “Black lies matter,” criticizing me for an attempt to be cute with the title by playing on the words, “black lives matter,” and suggesting that...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 10, 2020

Black lies matter

By Mel Pearlman As America wrestles with the issue of finding its way to racial equality, we must be careful not to destroy the constitutional foundation of our nation, which in reality is the only path to reach that much-desired goal. The events of...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 26, 2020

Wanted: Courageous leader to seek the presidency

I know it is late in the game for a courageous national political leader to emerge and challenge Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden for the presidency. However, a survey of states with registration deadlines to be on the Nov. 3, 2020, ballot reveals that...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 12, 2020

All bets are off! Really?

On May 5, 2020, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, the body that governs the lives of more than 95 percent of the Arab population living In Judea and Samaria, made a speech in Arabic before an Arab audience. That speech was...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 22, 2020

Having children in the pandemic era

By Mel Pearlman In the May 11, 2020, edition of Time Magazine, a mother eloquently writes in an essay titled, “The pandemic has put our dreams of another baby on hold,” about her fears and concerns of conceiving g another child during this era...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 8, 2020

The Hobson's choice for president

The Jewish community in America finds itself in a dilemma concerning the 2020 presidential election. On one hand, President Trump has been a strong ally and friend of Israel. He understands the necessity of Israel moving forward in consolidating its... Full story

 

Moving toward a better American future

These past few weeks have not been good for the American people or for the rest of the world. The coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc on not only the general health of the world’s population, but has had devastating effects on all aspects of... Full story

 

Religious freedom and the coronavirus pandemic

No group in America is more sensitive about religious freedom than the Jewish community. Although we have many differences of opinion concerning public policy issues I think it is fair to say we speak with one voice when it comes to defending... Full story

 

Overwhelmed by events!

Most columnists dread the well-known malady of “writer’s block,” particularly when their editor’s deadline for submission edges ever closer and closer. My problem, as I worked on this week’s column was not “writer’s block” but too... Full story

 

Two nights in Aqaba-Part 3

Having made it through the stress of our border crossing into Jordan (described in my previous column of Feb. 28, 2020), my son and I now found ourselves standing in the Jordanian night with our Jordanian greeter no where in sight. We watched as the... Full story

 

Two Nights in Aqaba - Part 2

The next morning, having arrived in Israel the evening before, my son and I began our trip to Jordan. Our route to Aqaba would take us south through downtown Tel Aviv on freeways that made me feel we were in Los Angeles during morning rush hour... Full story

 

Two nights in Aqaba - Part I

A few years back when my son was working toward his MBA at Tel Aviv University, he and I decided to do a father/son trip around Israel over a break in his studies. It was about this time of the year when the temperature was mild and Israel was relati... Full story

 

Remembering Betty during Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day

Betty is a very ordinary American name. The Betty I am writing about was born more than 92 years ago in the small scenic town of Ruskova, nestled in the Carpathian mountains in the Southeast corner of Romania. Ruskova was for the most part a... Full story

 

Do not be fooled by their military uniforms

On Jan. 3, 2020, as their motorcade was exiting the Baghdad Airport, Major General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, along with other high ranking members of the IRGC were killed by an American... Full story

 

The ugly untold story of a New Jersey neighborhood

The horrific attack at the Jewish market near Newark a few weeks ago was intended to be a massacre of Jewish children in a Jewish Day School next door to the kosher market. Because of some courageous police work the actual scene of the carnage was... Full story

 

Here we go again!

The annual intersection of Chanukah and Christmas is once again approaching and with it the combined joy of the season. The close proximity of the two holidays this time of the year becomes complicated because of the different meaning and... Full story

 

Connecting two very different places on Earth

Technology has brought the world ever closer together, but increasingly, political instability, terrorism and war reminds us how very far apart different places remain. In 1963 when I made my first flight to Israel, our Air France flight had to stop... Full story

 

Uncle Sam needs twenty courageous Republican senators

When America entered the Great World War in 1917, it commissioned an artist by the name of James Montgomery Flagg to create a recruitment poster to encourage Americans to enlist in the Army. The poster Mr. Flagg designed pictured a stern Uncle Sam ma... Full story

 

Great leaders know when to retire

As a native born American of the Jewish faith I have been doubly blessed by being born into two great peoples. I am a proud and patriotic citizen of my native America and a proud supporter of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. I am not however,... Full story

 

Recalling my experience growing up with Israel

As I get deeper into my senior years, I find myself spending more time reflecting on my life, and trying to find meaning in what brought me to this moment of my existence. One of those reflections was remembering my first real connection with... Full story

 

High Holiday Reflections

The days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are devoted not only to examining our relationship with God, but also to self-reflection and our relationship with others. Our tradition, developed over more than three thousand years, has created a rich narra... Full story

 

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