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Israel's 'City of Health' inspires the world

(JNS) Exactly 71 years ago, as Jewish pioneers fought for Israel’s independence, a military hospital was created to treat soldiers wounded on the battlefield. That moment marked the beginning of a new story for a determined people and a promising...

 

Who denied the Palestinians an independent state? Not Israel

(JNS)—According to The New York Times, the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left Palestinian families seeing “no light at the end of the tunnel.” A feature published on the front page of Monday’s Times focuses on...

 

Living with Terror: Observations on how Israelis Deal with Rockets from Palestinian Arab Terrorists in Gaza

You could be forgiven if you hadn’t heard of the latest round of Palestinian Arab terrorists firing an unprecedented barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israel the weekend of May 4-5. Since most of the world media broadcast limited details, if you...

 

Wake up, NYU! Stop tolerating anti-Semitism, or you'll lose students and support

(JNS)—New York University has one of the largest number of Jewish college students in the country. But prospective students and their families, alumni and donors should know that the university has a deeply troubling anti-Semitism problem that it...

 
 By deborah Danan    Opinions    May 17, 2019

The reality of sirens for children in Israel

(JNS)—It’s been a surreal few days. On Thursday, I grappled with how to explain the Holocaust Remembrance Day siren to my 4-year-old. We were in a coffee shop when it blared. I decided I would leave explanations about dead Jews and the people...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    May 10, 2019

Jewish violence: What the Gray Lady knows it need not fear

(JNS)—In response to the publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon in last Thursday’s International New York Times, protesters gathered outside the Manhattan office of the “Gray Lady” on Monday evening to demand that those responsible for the...

 

US synagogues need what Europeans have-armed guards

MOSCOW (JTA)—Whether it’s a white supremacist targeting praying Jews, blacks or Muslims, or an Islamic radical committed to killing Christians on Easter Sunday, it has become very trendy to attack houses of worship. In Europe, synagogues...

 
 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...

 
 By Michael Smith    Opinions    May 10, 2019

Viewpoint: Israel, parenting, 'privilege' and 'The Lion King'

A few months back, I had the opportunity to attend a Shabbat community discussion about the Middle East. Being a new father, it had been a while since engaging in such meaningful dialogue. As my wife and I take our seats with our 1-year-old, I...

 

Aliyah in response to shootings?

The horrific shooting attack on the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California has generated a variety of responses and recommendations, from tolerance education to firearms instruction to increasing synagogue attendance as a show of defiance....

 
 By Alex Traiman    Opinions    May 10, 2019

March of the Living transcends distinctions to provide a deeply meaningful Jewish experience

(JNS)—There are no words for the experience of commemorating the horrific death, together with Holocaust survivors, on the sacred grounds of the Birkenau extermination camp, where more than 1 million Jews were sent to the gas chambers and...

 

Attacks against Jewish people are felt in Israel

Dear friends: I usually don’t express myself on every subject, but the attack today in San Diego is different. This time I want my Jewish brothers and sisters around the world, and especially in the USA, to know that attacks against Jewish people,...

 

Is it still permissible to speak of a 'Judeo-Christian heritage?'

(JNS)—You didn’t have to be French or Catholic to see the devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris as a tragedy for all humanity. The horrifying video of the flames engulfing the 13th-century structure and the iconic spire falling prompted...

 
 By Eldad Beck    Opinions    May 3, 2019

France breaks its silence on radical Islam

(JNS)—For years, French daily Le Monde was one of the pillars of France’s large-scale campaign of silence regarding the greatest problem the country, Europe and the West in general have with radical Islam: Faced with increasing violence on the...

 
 By Ariel Bolstein    Opinions    May 3, 2019

Sanders slanders Israel... again

(JNS)—Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), who intends to run for president again in 2020, has added another “pearl” to his library of remarks about Israel, characterizing its right-wing government as “racist.” As with his previous attacks,...

 

The world mourned for Notre Dame-but France still struggles to accept French Jews and Muslims

(JTA)—On April 15, Notre Dame burned. The grief wracked not only Paris and the French nation, but quickly reverberated around the world. Under the gaze of its crumbling gargoyle guards, Notre Dame has witnessed nearly a millennium of Parisian...

 
 By Stephen Flatow    Opinions    May 3, 2019

ADL distorts the annexation debate

(JNS)—Some liberal American Jewish organizations are urging U.S. President Donald Trump to oppose Israeli annexation of any part of Judea and Samaria. Some conservative Jewish organizations are urging the opposite. Good. It’s time we had a full...

 
 By Eyal Zisser    Opinions    May 3, 2019

'Deal of the century': From the Golan to Judea and Samaria

(JNS)—This coming June, upon the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Trump administration will supposedly unveil details of its so-called “deal of the century” to bring an end to the century-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict....

 

The false 'nakba' narrative

The term nakba, originally coined to describe the magnitude of the self-inflicted Palestinian and Arab defeat in the 1948 war, has become in recent decades a synonym for Palestinian victimhood, with failed aggressors transformed into hapless victims...

 

Rabbis not granted authority to speak in the political arena

(JNS)—The Conservative and Reform rabbinical leadership, along with affiliated lay groups and tepid pro-Israel groups, have revealed their elitist contempt for democracy and disdain for Zionism by appealing to U.S. President Donald Trump to force...

 

A fading friendship?

(JNS)—Dear (Former?) Friends, To: The ADL, Ameinu, ARZA, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Israel Policy Forum, MERCAZ USA, National Council of Jewish Women, Rabbinical Assembly, Union for Reform Judaism and United Synagogue of Conservative...

 

Socialist eras and errors

(JNS)—Socialism is cool again, thanks not least to septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders and millennial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka AOC). Socialism has been cool before, of course, notably during the Great Depression, and what became known as...

 

otre-Dame will be rebuilt-but most European Jewish sites never will be

BUDAPEST (JTA)—Architecture and built heritage can be powerful symbols. Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most famous and familiar buildings in the world, visited by an astonishing 30,000 people a...

 

Failing at the ballot box, Jewish left lashes out

(JNS)—In the space of 48 hours last week, four Jewish Democrats in Congress denounced Israel’s prime minister, two more Democrats wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post denouncing Israel’s prime minister, and 10 Jewish liberal groups issued a...

 

Badgered into submission

Jewish Media Resources www.jewishmediaresources.org In the political realm, power is roughly divided between Democrats and Republicans in the United States. But the cultural realm—mainstream media, the entertainment industry, and higher...

 

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