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 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 14, 2019 

The battle for fair trade

The U.S. is in a worldwide battle for making trade among the nations fairer and more balanced than it has been for several decades. This is a bipartisan issue and enjoys support by members of Congress from both sides of the congressional aisle. The m...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 24, 2019

The anti-Semitic methodology of apology

Lately, I have been awestruck, not by the increasing number of anti-Semitic incidences, acts, statements and publications spewing forth from supposedly educated and responsible people in government, academia, the arts, and other respected...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 10, 2019

A story remembered from many years ago

The bleeps on the oscilloscope, the respirator assisted breathing and the occasional movement of a leg or an arm are the only evidence that this peaceful old man is engaged in a fierce battle for his life. The fight for life began on a quiet...

 

Passover's powerful message

As the sun goes down this evening, Jewish people in our own community and throughout the world will be sitting down with their families and friends to participate in the ancient Jewish ritual of a free people known as the Seder, the traditional...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    April 5, 2019

Misguided Jewish philanthropy

As reported in this newspaper several weeks ago, a number of prominent local Jewish philanthropists have pledged millions of dollars to relocate the Holocaust Memorial, Resource and Education Center from the Jewish campus in Maitland, Florida, to an...

 

Contemporary Hamans and their predecessors

This past week we celebrated the holiday of Purim. It is a festive holiday because it commemorates the victory of the Jewish citizens of Persia over their fellow citizens who were given license by the king’s decree to destroy the Jews in their...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    March 8, 2019

The Hora dance to the moon

On Feb. 21, 2019, in collaboration with Space X, NASA, and tracking facilities of other nations, an Israeli spacecraft, carrying scientific instruments to add to our knowledge of lunar science, was successfully launched into earth orbit aboard a...

 

A woman named Betty

By Mel Pearlman Betty is a very ordinary American name. The Betty I am writing about was born more than 91 years ago in the small scenic town of Ruskova, nestled in the Carpathian mountains in the Southeast corner of Romania. Ruskova was for the...

 

Why Israel needs the Nation State Law

On July 19, 2018, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament passed what is known as a basic law, declaring that the State of Israel is the Nation State of the Jewish people. Why did a majority of the 120 members of the Knesset feel it necessary to...

 

Shabbat on the high seas -Part II

As I mentioned in my column two weeks ago, whenever my wife and I travel overseas we always listen for the sounds of Jewish. In that column I described how, upon boarding our cruise ship on the Friday afternoon before Christmas, I was hoping to have...

 

Shabbat on the high seas

Whenever my wife and I travel overseas we always listen for the sounds of Jewish! Our latest adventure began on the Friday before Christmas when we boarded a cruise ship destined for the Southeast Carribean Sea. Since the cruise began a few days...

 

Open letter to the #MeToo movement

In this year’s Time Magazine’s Person of the Year edition, editor Edward Felsenthal published a letter from 12 of the Silence Breakers (Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year). In the letter to Time Magazine the 12 authors tell of the hardship...

 

Chanukah-The struggle for religious freedom continues

This Shabbat is the sixth day of Chanukah, a holiday of eight days duration commemorating, according to Jewish tradition, the miracle of finding a small jar of uncontaminated oil in the defiled Temple to light the Temple Menorah and to rededicate the...

 

The press is not an enemy of the people

The Bill of Rights, one of the most important underpinnings of our American experiment in free self-government, is in realty a “Bill of Obligations,” instructing our government not to unreasonably intrude into the private lives and freedom of...

 

Israel and the mid-term elections

This coming Tuesday Americans will go to the polls, to elect a new House of Representative and one-third of the U.S. Senate. This election has been called by the political pundits and media talking heads the most important election in American histor...

 

Two shining lights in Iceland

Earlier this month my wife and I flew to Iceland to chase and hopefully observe the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, a spectacular colorful light show appearing in the night sky above the arctic circle, and in some instances even at lower latitu...

 

People who love the land do not burn the land

It is not surprising that the Arabs of Gaza, worked into a frenzy of hate and victimhood by their Hamas masters, have bought into the fantasy that they are entitled to claim what is now Israel. After the British Mandate ended, Gaza was ruled by...

 

Pity the poor Palestinians!

By Mel Pearlman This has been a rough year for the Palestinian Arabs. First they lost the diplomatic battle for Jerusalem. Then they lost the battle to prevent the relocation of the U.S. and Guatemala embassies to Israel’s declared capital city....

 

To forgive or not to forgive? That is the question!

In a previous Everywhere column, “Love is not the antidote to hate,” (Heritage Florida Jewish News, Aug. 17, 2018), I suggested that respect for one another was the only effective antidote to hate. Now, as we approach the High Holy Days of Rosh...

 

Love is not the antidote to hate

When did the idea take hold in public policy conversations that every American was at first morally bound, and now legally required to love every other American? “Love” is not a legal term and as best I can tell, not being a religious scholar,...

 

Good Jew or Bad Jew

By Mel Pearlman As if we have not been emotionally exasperated and mentally mutilated by the endless debates regarding the existential question of “Who is a Jew,” playwright Joshua Harmon has come along to challenge us with an even more...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 20, 2018

Ideology-Wrong standard for Supreme Court confirmation hearings

The announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and the current process to appoint and confirm his successor, will further politicize the judicial branch of government if ideology is a primary factor in the confirmation...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 6, 2018

Political Asylum-Are we ready to welcome the world to America?

The idea to fully enforce the immigration laws of the United States, a fundamental right of every sovereign nation, even democratic ones, is not only good policy, but obligatory under our notion of the rule of law. The Trump administration however, h...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 22, 2018

Time Magazine-purveyor of fake news

By Mel Pearlman I became a subscriber to Time Magazine in my sophomore year in high school, when my English teacher compelled each student in his class to subscribe to either Time Magazine, Newsweek, or U.S. News and World Report. Each week we were...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 8, 2018

The 'Invisible Presence' at the Singapore Summit

By Mel Pearlman 2018 The diplomatic world is aglow with optimism regarding the apparent and sudden turnabout of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, as he appears to have overnight transformed from nuclear bully to a peace-loving flower. His rappr...

 

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