Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Editorials

Wiesel Knew His Torah and Israel’s History

In a week of pain and sorrow, the Jewish people lost Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl who was killed as she innocently slept in her Kiryat Arba home last Thursday.

Rabbi Miki Mark, a father of 10, was killed in a drive-by shooting near Hebron the following day.

Then

Celebrating Our Children During Graduation Season

We at The Jewish Link are proud of so many things about our community. We wouldn’t work here if we weren’t interested in championing our community institutions, if we didn’t want to highlight our successes, share our strengths and celebrate our solid-gold children. Mourning our community’s losses comes with our roles as well, and

World NewsBriefs

Netanyahu and Lieberman Sign Deal to Expand Israeli Governing Coalition

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A deal to bring Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition was signed Wednesday. Lieberman and

A Folded Flag, Memories and Memorial Day

In the spring of 2004, a color guard honored Sam Cohen, my deceased father-in-law, with a somber, dignified salute.

Sgt. Samuel Cohen served in a medical capacity in France, landing there in the days following Normandy.

He and his one and only, Shirley, my

A Day of Independence

Many of us have been in Israel and experienced the gut-wrenching emotions of Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for soldiers and victims of terrorism.

We may even have memories from visits to Har Herzl, Israel’s largest military cemetery. And yesterday, May 11, Jewish community centers, schools and

Reconnecting With Mitzrayim This Pesach

On Friday night when we sit down at our seder tables, it will matter less how we feel about the contentious presidential campaign, the hateful BDS movement, ISIS and the rise of European anti-Semitism.

Passover is a time to reset our spiritual clocks, when we retell the story of our ancestors’ exodus

Feeling All ‘Berned Out’

Bernie Sanders, this nation’s first Jewish presidential candidate, could get no closer to the recent AIPAC Policy Conference than Utah, because of time constraints, according to his campaign.

Yet he comes to New York and is suddenly effusive in his Jewish pride. And where does he give this speech? In

Candidates Do Not Exist in an AIPAC Vacuum

The presidential candidates were on their game and said the right words. But though we may wish them to, candidates don’t exist in an AIPAC vacuum, and few of us are one-issue voters anyway.

Many of us have a history with these candidates going back decades.

The

Showing Respect for the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Several years ago, the lower level of the Walter Washington Convention Center in our nation’s capital displayed, in vivid props and models, the process and timetable Iran was using in its quest to formulate military-grade nuclear capabilities.

The display was daunting and perhaps prophetic. The

What I Learned From My Impeachment Shabbat

Probably the first and last Shabbat I ever “went to the office” was Saturday, December 19, 1998. I can pinpoint the moment because it was the day President Bill Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. I was working, at the time, as a legislative assistant to a member of the House from California, the state where I

Letting RJC Decide What the Future Holds

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s announced resignation from the Riverdale Jewish Center pulpit late last week will hopefully close the chapter and bring to a rest the distraction that’s hovered over the shul for close to a year.

Rabbi Rosenblatt, who has led the synagogue for over 30 years, was the

The Loss of a Friend, Justice Antonin Scalia, 79

America’s Jewish community lost a good friend with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of a heart attack last weekend at the age of 79.

Scalia, who was born in Trenton, told highly regarded attorney Nathan Lewin that when there was no Jewish justice on the Supreme

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