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 By David Bornstein    Opinions    July 3, 2020 

Telling the history of love

I don’t know how many times I’ve told my children (or tried to tell them) how their mom and dad met, how we sent each other signals from a distance for months until the opportunity arose for us to...

 
 By Mike Levin    Opinions    July 3, 2020 

Legacy planning should make sure Jewish organizations survive

By Mike Leven ATLANTA (JTA) — My library has the popular book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” in which Yuval Harari — a Jew, an Israeli and an acclaimed author — states that the Jewish people don’t have a reason to exist anymore. They...

 
 By David Fine    Opinions    July 3, 2020 

It's time to change our complacency about racism

DALLAS (JTA) — Before COVID-19, when my community convened every Shabbat at our synagogue, two men stood at opposite ends of the property wearing Kevlar vests and holding makeshift nylon shields. These shields covered the men’s long automatic rif...

 
 By Steve Riback    Opinions    July 3, 2020 

A policeman speaks out

By Steve Riback Aish Hatorah Resources  I will never stand for or justify racism, illegal acts, brutality, or excessive force by police officers. Those who operate in that fashion have no business working as police officers and deserve to be held ac...

 

The problem when revisionist history becomes official dogma

(JNS) — Angry mobs of activists are roaming American streets pulling down or defacing statues of historical figures. In some cases, governments and private institutions are joining their efforts by agreeing to take down examples of public art that...

 

Why can't you get canceled for anti-Semitism?

(JNS) — In the weeks since the brutal and unjustified killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, America has been undergoing what The New York Times approvingly called a “reckoning” that marks a fundamental shift in...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    June 26, 2020

Y'all Come, Ya heah?

Well, hello there! I suppose you’re wondering why I’m writing after all this time. Let’s do a Cliff Notes: Got sick in February of 2019. Three weeks in the hospital after a misdiagnosis. Lost 16 pounds. Recuperated at home. Rachel and I could...

 
 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...

 

Time for Trump to be Trump, at home and abroad

(JNS) — Donald Trump was elected four years ago because Americans wanted to save their country. Both in domestic and foreign policy, in the eighth year of Barack Obama’s presidency, America was going off the rails. At home, Obama’s identity...

 
 By Kylie Unell    Opinions    June 26, 2020

My mom is white and my dad is black - don't call me a 'Jew of Color'

NEW YORK (JTA) — As a biracial Jew, there is an expectation that I must have something to say in this historic moment. Unlike at any other time in my life, people are treating my opinion as though it deserves a stage, or a glass case for...

 

I will vote for Trump, and here is why

Dear Editor: Two writers who obviously represent the 71 percent of the “Jewish” voters who, like them, are totally oblivious to the actions of President Trump because they merely reflect the biased narratives recited by the biased media, which...

 

The great threat to America, and to American Jewry

(JNS) — Scattered among the thousands of cellphone videos depicting looting and destruction in the streets of America’s greatest cities are clips of a different sort. In these short videos, we see throngs of white people on their knees, bowing...

 

Cancel culture comes to the Conference of Presidents

(JNS) — Americans are united in their outrage about the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was wrongfully killed by a Minneapolis policeman. However, a commendable desire to oppose hate has quickly morphed into something beyond...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    June 19, 2020

Owing the ultra-Orthodox an apology

(JNS) — Two weeks after Israel gradually reopened its education system, students and teachers around the country came down with the coronavirus, forcing thousands of their peers and family members into quarantine. The main hotspot has been the...

 

I attended George Floyd's memorial service - it caused me to reflect on my own spiritual leadership

MINNETONKA, Minn. (JTA) — When I received a phone call last Saturday morning from the governor and lieutenant governor’s office, I sensed it would be a Shabbat and Shavuot unlike any other.  They were organizing a press conference with a small g...

 

Presidential Election 2020: Not a Hobson's choice

Dear Editor: I disagree strongly with what Mel Pearlman wrote on May 8 (The Hobson’s choice for president). I don’t believe American Jews have a “Hobson’s choice for president.” There are “shades of gray” about the domestic issues he...

 

It is better to be unified than to criticize

Dear Editor: I am responding to the two letters in the Heritage on June 5 (“Why I detest Donald Trump” by Art Friedman and “We need a congress that works be-partisan” by Bill Kahn), which referenced my letter on May 22 concerning my appreciat...

 

Listen; don't be silent; be compassionate

By David Bornstein It’s been a long time since the last Good Word column, but I find myself driven — compelled — to write something during these painful, difficult days. I don’t want this to...

 
 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...

 

The LA pogrom that no Jewish organization will talk about

By Daniel Greenfield After the end of Shavuot, the holiday in which Jewish people joyfully commemorate the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, the Jewish community of Los Angeles concluded it by the new ritual of going to clean off the...

 

How white Jews can support black people right now

ATLANTA (JTA) — I’m a black reverend whose grandfather marched with King and Heschel. A lot of my Jewish friends are asking me how they can help and what needs to be done regarding the killing and lynching of individuals and families in the...

 
 By JFGO    Opinions    June 12, 2020

Statement by Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando leaders on the death of George Floyd

By JFGO  We at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and its Jewish Community Relations Council are heartbroken and outraged over the death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer....

 

The JFGO/JCRC statement misses the mark again

Dear Editor: The June 3, 2020, statement from the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council regarding the murder of George Floyd, does not speak for me. There is no question George Floyd was the victim of gross police brutality by fo...

 

Those Jewish camps that are open this summer? This camp doctor and nurse think it's a bad idea.

DENVER (JTA) — In the summer of 1999, we slept head to head in top bunks at Camp Ramah in Canada. We also shared a viral upper respiratory illness that kept us from participating in the much-anticipated yom bli shemesh (a day without sun) while...

 

ZOA exposes false claims by 'radical students' who support Muslims resettled by HIAS

(JNS) — A recent JNS article needs to more clearly expose the true identity of the signers and originators of a falsehood-filled letter to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations . The letter maligned me and the...

 

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