Friday, December 5th, 2014

ISIS redraws the colonial Mideast map

The boundary between Syria and Iraq has been erased, as ISIS rampages across a vast swathe of territory By MOSHE GIT In the 19th century, the Middle East lands were part of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). As the world powers of the period, Great Britain (United Kingdom) and France showed interest and intervened in the […]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Castro nearly wiped out Cuba’s Jewish schools

Traveling to Cuba with resources that can be used for Jewish education is a ‘profound mitzva’ By MICHAEL A. APPLEMAN Recently, on Oct. 26, I was walking in the halls of Havana’s Bet Shalom Synagogue and I observed two pictures of the Castros: one of Fidel Castro and one of Raul Castro, each with Adelle […]

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

A eulogy for Rabbi Marc Liebhaber

The American Jewish World was clearly a labor of love because he valued Jewish journalism By RABBI DAVID GOLINKIN I had the pleasure of knowing Rabbi Marc Liebhaber, z”l, for more than 20 years. He was one of the last of a dying breed — a rabbi who received a thorough Jewish education in Eastern […]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Koufax midrash

A local rabbi and sports fanatic wants to know where Sandy Koufax was when he wasn’t pitching in the World Series By RABBI JEREMY FINE Midrash is text behind the biblical text. It helps bring biblical stories to life. But in many cases, rabbis teach these stories as if they are a part of Jewish […]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Roi and Daniel

From 1956 to Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge, not much has changed on the Gaza border By MOSHE GIT The youngest Israeli victim of the recent Gaza War was four-year-old Daniel Tragerman, who was killed by a mortar shell launched from Gaza. He and his family lived in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, which is adjacent to […]

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The Jewish imperative to tackle climate change

This Rosh Hashana is the last observance of Israel’s biblically mandated yearlong farming sabbatical before extreme climate change becomes irreversible By YOSSI I. ABRAMOWITZ JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two days before the United Nations Climate Summit, demonstrators, including a large multi-faith contingent, will descend on New York City to demand urgent action on climate change. The […]

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Revenge and Jewish values

The heinous murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir was denounced by Israeli rabbis as antithetical to Judaism, but their words came too late By RABBI ALEXANDER DAVIS A prayer in our siddur has long made me uncomfortable. Traditionally recited on Shabbat during the Torah service, “Av Harachamim” is a prayer for God to remember and avenge […]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Israel’s missed opportunity

The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation pact paves the way for Israel to make a deal with the entire Palestinian polity By MOSHE GIT The recent rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas is the best thing that could have happened for the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the best thing that could happen to Israel. Until […]

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

A miracle in Uganda

In a short 35 years, there are African children learning Hebrew, and men and women are celebrating Shabbat By GERSHOM SIZOMU NABAGOYE, Uganda (JTA) — As we celebrate Passover, it is important to remember that as great as the miracle of the Exodus was, freedom was only the beginning. I know this from reading the […]

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Esther’s secret identity

Queen Esther’s religious background is part of a story of Jewish survival that encompasses every permutation of identity, secret or otherwise By ROBIN WASHINGTON In Two Harbors years ago, I kept bumping into a guy I thought had to be Jewish. He had a Jewish-sounding surname (if I didn’t) and “looked Jewish” — at least […]