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 […]

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Insisting on a ‘Jewish state’ is folly

A declaration by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, that Israel is a Jewish state means nothing By MOSHE GIT In the current settlement negotiations with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that the Palestinians agree to regard Israel as a “Jewish state.” Not only does this demand make very little sense, it […]

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Where Rabbi Ovadia Yosef fell short

Esteemed by many Israelis, Israel’s powerful Sephardic spiritual leader expressed bigoted views and a superficial approach to adjudicating Jewish law By MOSHE GIT Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, was the spiritual head of the powerful Sephardic Orthodox party Shas. His lieutenants in the Knesset venerated him and obeyed his directives. […]

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Opinion: Repaying a debt to the Philippines

Seventy years ago, the Philippine president helped save 1,000 lives By ALAN H. GILL NEW YORK (JTA) — As the extent of the catastrophic damage and tragic death toll continues to grow in the Philippines, a particularly heroic piece of history should be recalled by the global Jewish community, which owes a debt to the […]

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Netanyahu and Sharansky: the party poopers

Some historical precedents shed light on the current struggle between the U.S., Israel and Iran By MOSHE GIT Recent events in Iran brought some historical names to mind. In addition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish Agency for Israel CEO Natan Sharansky, consider Chou En Lai and Hassan Rouhani, and the duo of […]

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Remembering the 1963 March on Washington

A local Jewish community leader offers his reflections on the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights event (Editor’s Note: Max Fallek delivered this speech at an Aug. 24 commemoration event at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis, which was sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Advisory Council. Some minor changes […]

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Stopping the Iranian bomb is a lost cause

With a new Iranian president, the goat has left the room By MOSHE GIT Many are familiar with the story about a woman who came to a rabbi complaining that her living quarters are so cramped — she doesn’t have room to do anything. She was astonished by the rabbi’s response. He advised her to […]

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Meeting our distant relatives in the developing world

A recent trip to India with American Jewish World Service demonstrated the need to meet our responsibilities to our neighbors around the globe By RABBI AMY EILBERG Raika and Goldie and I shared little common language, except for a few words of English they had learned in school. These beautiful 10-year-old girls live in Bikharipurwa, […]

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

On Tisha B’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

None of the 19 firefighters killed in Arizona were Jewish, yet their loss reminds us of those Jews who died in flames By EDMON J. RODMAN LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha B’Av we already know who: the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona. […]

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

All carrying the burden

Israel faces the conundrum of having large segments of its population that loathe the nation’s very existence By MOSHE GIT The hottest issue in Israel at present, and it has been like that, to one degree or another, for the last couple of years, is the matter of shivyon ba’netel — equal sharing of the […]