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The Blogs Weekly Highlights
Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, April 22, 2021
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A Satmar rebbe for a Shabbos
Invited to Williamsburg to speak about orthodoxy and biblical criticism, I discovered a world of incredible beauty – and searing pain
The climate threat can widen the circle of Mideast peace
In a region where countries face the same arid climate, expanding the Abraham Accords to more nations will enable us to cooperate on securing a better future for our children
Yosef I. Abramowitz
Theodor Herzl, environmentalist
With Earth Day falling on Herzl Day, it’s worth noting that the father of political Zionism envisioned a green land with electric trains, trams and tractors
The Chauvin trial: This Jew’s perspective
I felt tears of relief on my cheeks as the verdict was read. It doesn’t solve the US problems of hate and racism – there’s still a lot of work to do. But it’s a start
A House bill on Israel is flawed, but our Jewish civil war is worse
JTA — In the partisan changeover that resulted from the 2020 US elections, there were bound to be some tests and challenges for those of us who identify within the broad spectrum of “pro-Israel.” The first is now upon us: a proposed bill emerging in the House of Representatives that places a set of limitations on how US aid to Israel is used. The bill, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and endorsed by a growing number of progressives, would prohibit American dollars from being used for actions by Israel...
Zionism’s new global mission
A young Shalom Corps volunteer from Mexico embodies today’s paradigm shift: Jews can now look beyond survival and invest energy in elevating the entire world
With Iran, we are at a nuclear crossroads
Tensions have been rising in the Middle East, mostly related to Iran, in particular to its advances in the nuclear area. Whether by design, or as the result of developments, Iran has been gathering its nuclear capabilities at the starting post and was almost ready to start production of a nuclear explosive device, just waiting for the leadership’s decision, and the subsequent order to do so. It should be clear that recent events, notably the explosion at Natanz, are a temporary setback to Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities. They are by...
A story of a thousand runs: Why I love my Christian neighbor
Judith Margolis Friedman
We both are focused on family, we both believe in personal responsibility and free will, and we both believe that ultimately our fate is in God’s hands
A Brit’s desire for salt and vinegar crisps in Israel
Until now, this favorite flavour was the stuff of dreams. Ex-pats like me thought the very whiff of a rumor of the crisps’ arrival was a hoax. I couldn’t be more glad to be wrong!
‘Albert Sabin’ isn’t a household name, like ‘Jonas Salk,’ but maybe it should be
Once you’ve helped eradicate polio, you might as well go for establishing peace in the Middle East – what’s one more challenge?
Israel education as a personal journey toward meaning
The pedagogy of ‘Identity Zionism’ offers a richer and more affirmative lens through which to view Israel education
Sara Yael Hirschhorn
Whither Israel education without Israel?
The pandemic-induced travel ban offers a chance to consider whether Israel trips offer not just profound feeling, but deep knowledge
When Torah hurts
It is a unique pain when your beloved multi-millennial tradition states that who you are is an abomination, a specific sorrow when something you love cannot fully love you back
I saw more people smiling in 15 minutes than I saw in an entire year
With masks now off, I feel gratitude….big enough to contain the misery and the terror and the boredom and the loneliness of this past year
The Year of the Introvert
I have a confession: I don’t know if I’m ready to take my mask off yet. And it’s not because I’m worried about the virus
McCollum’s bill to Keep Palestinian terrorists free
Accompanying this essay is a picture of Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin. At the time the picture was taken Jabarin was a 16-year-old Palestinian minor from the Arab village of Yatta, south of Hebron. Israeli police detained, arrested and jailed Khalil. Like so many other Palestinian minors, he will never be free again, and the Israeli army destroyed his family home to “act determinedly to prevent terror attacks and to deter terrorists.” His family will never be with him again and they’ve lost their home. It’s heartbreaking. Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s bill,...
My love for an Israel-hating Egyptian writer
Disclosing my Zionist ties would have likely put a swift end to my chance encounter in Cairo with the literary genius Alaa Aswany.
When loyalty to the group means bad behavior gets excused
The biblical forbears set a high bar for loyalty without losing clarity of right and wrong. Israel needs to balance that same sense of fairness
What price democracy in the Palestinian territories?
With Hamas still sworn to Israel’s destruction, Europe must warn the PA it won’t fund a government that includes terrorists
In search of a new normal
Israel is in a period of transition that is fraught with uncertainty. It is also bursting with activity and unusual creativity that just may bode well for change
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