Thursday, November 19th, 2015

In Paris, a Shabbat marred by terror

For a Paris congregation, terror had, once again, turned singing into mourning, but it could not overcome the essential power of sacred community By AARON D. PANKEN PARIS (JTA) — My son and I met in Paris on Friday morning, walked the charming streets of the City of Light, visited the Picasso and Pompidou museums, […]

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Judaism and the Western Wall

Local Jewish federations issue a misguided call to protest Muslim efforts to change the status of the Western Wall By MOSHE GIT I received an email from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul protesting the attempts by the United Nations to get the Western Wall designated as a sacred […]

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Our Jewish community in 2115

The Jewish future in Minnesota depends on what we envision and initiate today By HAYIM HERRING Imagine that you’re the biblical Abraham. You and your wife, Sarah, are literally the founders of a start-up nation. To ensure its continuity, you ask, “What is one important thing that I can leave for my descendants that they […]

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

From both sides, now

A recent visit to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territories offered a different perspective from a mission trip to Israel in 1998 By ANNE MAERTZ When I was first asked by my employer, the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul, to travel to the Occupied Palestinian Territories to assess whether we could work with Palestinian […]

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Readers respond: Not so quick with singing ‘Kumbaya’

Jews have hailed the importance of the Vatican’s 1965 declaration known as Nostra Aetate, but the reality is that not much has changed between the Church and Jews By MOSHE GIT I was taken aback by the obsequiousness towards the Catholic and Christian worlds in Rabbi Noam Marans’ piece commemorating the 50-year anniversary of Nostra […]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

NIF works for democracy and equality

We offer our support to those in Israel who are determined to preserve its character as a pluralistic, tolerant society By LOUIS NEWMAN and CINDY REICH Many of us who love Israel and care deeply about its future are worried, and with good reason. Of course, there are existential threats to Israel’s survival — the […]

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

What could be Israel’s finest hour

Thousands of Palestinian refugees in Syria cling to life in the midst of civil strife (Editor’s note: This article was received as the American Jewish World was going to press with the April 10 edition. Al Jazeera recently reported that only 6,000 people are left in the Yarmouk refugee camp, according to the Syrian government.) […]

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Jews and cartoonists

Killing Jews does not provoke the same surprise as killing cartoonists in the heart of Paris By BRUNO CHAOUAT In her famous essay on anti-Semitism published in The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt tells this sinister joke, making the rounds after World War I: “An anti-Semite claimed that the Jews had caused the war; the […]

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

A case for Israel’s first Arab prime minister

Recent polls find that the new unified Arab list could become the third largest in the Knesset By MOSHE GIT Elections for Israel’s 20th Knesset will be held March 17; it would be good for Israel if Tibi, rather than Bibi, becomes the prime minister. Ahmad Tibi is an Israeli-born Arab, a physician and a […]

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Why Jewish families should vaccinate their kids

For a Jew, being communal is not an option, it’s an obligation By JAMIE RUBIN (Kveller via JTA) — Since the news of the recent Disneyland measles outbreak and the subsequent chatter on Facebook began, I discovered I have at least four Facebook friends (and likely a few more) with healthy, non-immunocompromised, vaccine-aged children who […]