Opinion

Rabbi Daniel Plotkin

Parshat Balak: What we can learn from the donkey

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By Rabbi Daniel Plotkin Parshat Balak is an unusual portion for several reasons. Most unusual is that the parshah contains a talking animal, one of...
Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein

Opinion | Most Jews won’t set foot in a synagogue. That’s why rabbis need...

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By Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein On March 13, nearly a year to the day after Temple Beth El of Charlotte, North Carolina, closed due to...
David Suissa

Opinion | How do you fight antisemitism? With Arab Israelis

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By David Suissa We’ve reached a point where it’s impossible to separate Jew-hatred from Israel-hatred. If you single out and unfairly malign the world’s only...

Letters to the editor: June 25

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Wishful thinking Letter writer Sidney Chernick (“The real situation at colleges,” June 18) should study University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Cary Nelson’s book, “Israel...

Don’t mess with donor-advised funds

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Donor-advised funds (DAF) have been around for nearly a century. They are accounts created by individuals at a sponsoring organization — usually a public...

A genocide on our watch

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At their recent meeting, leaders of the Group of Seven issued a call to China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Chief among...
Curtis Pontz

Opinion | Peace a dream until Palestinians accept Israel’s legitimacy

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By Curtis Pontz Was Israel justifiably and justly created as the place to which the Jewish people were able to return in 1948 to reestablish...
Two children in paddleboats on a lake.

Opinion | The comeback begins

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By Jeremy J. Fingerman I can’t believe we have finally arrived at this special time — the reopening of summer camps and the rebuilding of...
Cantor Nancy Ginsberg

Parshat Chukat: Moses’ big mistake

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By Cantor Nancy Ginsberg Parshat Chukat has one of the most perplexing, even disturbing, passages in the Torah. Moses the faithful shepherd, who has led...
Dan Schnur

Opinion | What Bennett can learn from Biden, and vice versa

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By Dan Schnur As Israelis take their first tentative and raucous steps into a post-Netanyahu era, the most frequently asked question is how long a...