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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...

 

Where are the Jews this time?

Let’s go back in time. The 1960s. Hippies. The March on Washington. George Wallace. Viet Nam. The Edmond Pettis Bridge. Remember? Well, I guess that those of us of a “certain age” do. We remember the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. We...

 

Viewpoint - Donald Trump: social justice president

President Donald Trump’s accomplishments establish him as an effective social justice president. He speaks proudly and joyfully of results — not platitudes: improving the lives of minority communities through increased employment, reducing...

 

Rabbi Steinsaltz: A Zionist appreciation

Rabbi Steinsaltz, who passed away Aug. 7 in Jerusalem at the age of 83, was a rabbi in the most authentic meaning of the word: He was an educator. And the world was Rabbi Steinsaltz’s student body. He spent decades teaching, writing, publishing,...

 

What is Nancy Pelosi thinking?

Dear Editor: Kudos for publishing “Shame on Nancy Pelosi for endorsing Ilhan Omar,” in your July 31st issue. Pelosi has moved from the Light to the Darkness. In the Light she is the “Lioness,” supporting bills that will make a difference for...

 

America's failed Jewish leadership must resign

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in a premeditated attack, two shooters opened fire inside a kosher deli in Jersey City, New Jersey, and murdered four people. The killers included a former member of a notoriously anti-Semitic group and, reportedly, a follo...

 

UAE and Israel: A match made in heaven

Earlier this month, the Jewish people celebrated the joyous holiday of Tu B’Av, the date on the Jewish calendar that focuses on love and commitment. Little did we know, but at the time, U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N...

 

What will normalization with the Arab world mean for Israel?

(JNS) — Israel is set to sign a historic agreement with the United Arab Emirates that would see the two Middle Eastern nations officially strike diplomatic relations and exchange embassies. The move represents a major validation of the Netanyahu...

 

Centrist Democrats and their leftist aides

(JNS) — Heading into the 2020 presidential campaign, centrist Democrats as well as those who are supporters of Israel had good reason to be worried about the future of their party. After Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016, Bernie Sanders’s wing...

 

The Israel and UAE peace deal: The honey and the thorn

Israel’s celebrated songstress and unofficial poet laureate, who authored the classic melody “Jerusalem of Gold,” the late Naomi Shemer, subsequently wrote a far more melancholy tune called “The Honey and the Thorn.” It describes the...

 

What do 'unmarried female rabbis' have to do with solving world problems?

Dear Editor: In the July 31, 2020, edition of the Heritage Florida Jewish News, there was a letter to the editor by David G. Danziger titled “Using common sense to solve world problems.” There are many aspects of this letter that I strongly disag...

 

My two cents on the Federation leaders' statement about George Floyd

Dear Editor: My name is William J. Levy and I live in Ormond Beach and read your newspaper every week. Sadly there is only one group of people in America who think of themselves as guests: not the Irish, not the Blacks, not the Lithuanians, no one...

 

Advice to Jewish celebs: Grow up!

(JNS) — I have a Jerry Seinfeld question. Why do Jewish celebrities keep whining about their parents? Popular actor-comedian-director Seth Rogen ignited an Internet firestorm with his recent complaint that his parents “fed [him] a huge amount of...

 

Farrakhan betrays today's black slaves

(JNS) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is now the most popular and dangerous anti-Semite in America. Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are surely a problem for Jews, but polite society rejects them. Their best effort to date — a “nationa...

 

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...

 

The progressive world: An antechamber to evil

(JNS) — After days of anti-Semitic rants on social media, the “Grime” rapper Wiley has finally been barred from Twitter and Facebook following outrage by Jews and others that he was allowed to use these platforms for his vicious incitement....

 

The community-relations outreach trap

(JNS) — Maybe everything would be better if we could all go for walks in the woods with people who say or tweet hateful and deeply offensive things. Then again, maybe the Jewish community would be better off if those who represent it weren’t...

 

The Islamist takeover of George Floyd

(JNS) — We Americans seem quite capable of separating ourselves into fractious groups without the help of our enemies, but that hasn’t stopped many, especially the Islamists of the world, from using the death of George Floyd to fuel our divides....

 

Pandemic of Hate

We can either choose to divide or connect. Dividers spew hate, connectors share love. People can be divided into two categories: connectors and dividers. Connectors look for commonalities, dividers focus on differences. Connectors give the benefit...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    August 7, 2020

You, Me and God

Let me put the disclaimer out first: I am no biblical scholar — I am no expert on ancient Jewish history. So, this column is really in the form of a few questions about belief and my own life. I have stated before that I was raised in a totally...

 

Parents face impossible choices during the pandemic - we shouldn't face school-shaming, too

This article is part of a collaboration between the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Kveller about pandemic parenting and school reopenings.  HIGHLAND VILLAGE, Texas (JTA / KVELLER) — I’m dubbing “school shaming” the new Mommy War of 2020. If...

 

Boycotting Twitter could backfire

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Friday afternoon, a few hours before Shabbat, I found myself scrolling through Twitter when I stumbled upon an anti-Semitic rant.  This by itself is hardly unusual — the amount of anti-Semitic vitriol on Twitter is horrifyin...

 

Military assistance to Israel is a winning situation

Dear Editor: There seems to be a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding concerning the United States government’s allocation of the sum of $3,800,000,000 of military assistance to the State of Israel for defense purposes. In reality, only 20 p...

 
 By Anat Talmy    Opinions    July 31, 2020

Beinart's guilt damns a nation

(JNS) — Peter Beinart’s two pieces, one in The New York Times and the other in Jewish Currents, are calling for the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state. Beinart no longer supports a two-state solution, but rather a binational state where J...

 

Statues, slavery and 'The New York Times'

(JNS) — Irony may be dead in America, but if any were left alive, this would count. Consider the work of Vincenzo Miserendino (1875-1943). An Italian-American sculptor, he created statues and busts of famous Americans and other notables, including...

 

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