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Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, July 9, 2020
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End the Jewish State? Let’s try some honesty, first
To read Peter Beinart’s piece is to slog through an array of misrepresentations and omissions, and to feel dismissed because we know he hopes we don’t know enough to catch him
Lt. Col. Vindman, again I say: Come to Israel!
The officer who challenged US Pres. Trump would be a much-needed boost to the honor and moral strength of our own armed forces
I don’t like it when Boris Johnson speaks Hebrew
Broadcasting your disagreement on social media is not the action of one buddy to another, especially not one who’s going through a tough time at home
‘Zion shall be redeemed with Justice’: Why I oppose annexation
The first, and central reason I oppose annexation is moral and ethical. I consider myself a Zionist. Because of Zionism, I immigrated with my family to Israel. I wholeheartedly believe in our right to self-determination in our homeland, morally, legally, historically and religiously. I personally believe that G-d had a hand in the national revival of our homeland and I believe in our rights and our connection to all parts of the country: Beit El, Shilo and Hebron, just like Beer Sheva, Lod and Tiberias. At the same time,...
The US should take Sudan off its state sponsors of terrorism list
US lawmakers must not let the crimes of Sudan’s former regime obscure the progress and moderation of its new leadership
Wearing the damn mask
Shira Pasternak Be'eri
My mask makes me sweat. It muffles my voice, and blocks my smile from my grandson. But there’s no fooling the coronavirus, so I wear it. What’s your excuse?
Barbara Pfeffer Billauer
First they lock us up, then they refuse ventilators. What’s next?
Policymakers see the elderly as disposable and miss the obvious: Old people die more than young people, especially when isolated
Michael J. Salamon
What about the wounded?
Those who don’t die from COVID-19 may suffer confusion, clumsiness, overwhelming lethargy, painful tingling, visual issues, a cough, blood clotting, brain swelling, or brain damage
We simply do not need another ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Sure, nostalgia sells, but enough already! There are works of Jewish genius that have been ignored for too long. Here are some of them
From the blogs
The American alef-bet for the prayer we need now
The US is reeling — from the pandemic, financial catastrophe, civic unrest, and the upcoming presidential election. This Independence Day, we need to remember what binds us
What ‘defund the police’ tells us about this moment in democracy
Those men and women in blue are symbols and agents of regimes that increasingly hamper our ability to control our own fate
WATCH: In search of America
Five years ago, I traveled the US to film what people had to say about society, the environment, the economy, and more. Seen now, what I captured with my camera is chilling
As I grieve for my daughter, I have a choice to make
Twenty-seven years of having Gavriella as my child on this earth was a gift, but it wasn’t nearly long enough. What we feel the strongest is love and loss
Thou shalt mind each other’s business
8 steps to counter the increased silence that comes with social distancing, and reduce the staggering opportunity for undetected, and thus undeterred, domestic abuse
Why bother listening when you can just issue a decree?
The government announcement of a blanket ban on in-person university exams is a textbook example of how not to lead during a pandemic
I am a German gentile, and I have made Israel my home
I was sure the Jewish state did not want gay, German, non-Jews, but when I shifted my thinking and trusted my welcome here, I began to feel welcome too
Rachel Sharansky Danziger
Israel’s social workers are on strike; my sister is one of them
So often, social workers remain at their posts, with compassion and care for their clients, in spite of their abysmal working conditions and offensive salaries. No longer
All the king’s men (and a donkey)
How a biblical prophet learned that God is in charge from a talking donkey – without cracking a smile (Balak)
Finding the lost Jews of Trinidad
I’m on a mission to document those who found refuge in the Caribbean nation and connect with their children: Maybe you know of someone?
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