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Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, June 22, 2023
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Our moral obligation to Christians in Israel
Faydra L. Shapiro
There’s a reason Jews shouldn’t spit on Christians. It has nothing to do with where those Christians stand on Israel.
I had good reason to criticize the Bank of Israel governor
Prof. Yaron is welcome, and even obligated, to make tough statements about government policy – just not on CNN
On the need for pluralism and the dangers of demonization
The pro-democracy protest movement must recognize that thoughtful, decent, and moral people can disagree on policies
This is the way the cookie crumbles
The ousting of a highly-regarded champion for women’s equality is just one example of the meltdown of good governance
The one place in the Middle East where minorities are thriving
Those who accuse Israel of ’ethnic cleansing’ should look elsewhere in the region – especially Lebanon
Judith Colp Rubin
Dear Elizabeth Gilbert: You let me down
You convinced me to conquer my fears; how could you cave to Ukrainians protesting the Russian setting of your new novel?!
Occupation is what drives Israel’s anti-democratic forces
Without addressing 56 years of undemocratic practices used to control Palestinians and expand settlements, the protest can’t win
What’s wrong with criminalizing anti-Haredi incitement?
Yes, Israel’s anti-racism laws need to be extended to vulnerable groups –including women and the LGBTQ community
Tikkun Olam and pork ribs
Never have I seen Muslims and Jews brought together by pork ribs — until I came to San Antonio. Everything in Texas is supersized, including the Food Bank. It needs to be, as food insecurity is a very real phenomenon in these parts. Community organizations reserve a date to bring the Food Bank to their neighborhood, and supply funds for food and for volunteers to unload pallets, pack bags and distribute food to vetted and registered clients. So we asked, could Congregation Agudas Achim host? Could we get the funds and the volunteers...
When ‘Under Your Wing’ became poetry to my ears
Arik Einstein’s mournful love song brought to life words by one of the greatest poets of modern Hebrew
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Todd L. Pittinsky
Why ‘Jew hate’ shouldn’t replace ‘antisemitism’
The new term is, unfortunately, everywhere and this rebranding obscures antisemitism’s distinct history and pathology
‘Not-antisemitism antisemitism’: The Pillay Inquiry and the UN’s newest ruse
The Human Rights Council is poised to hear results of an inquiry that will claim Jews have ’reframed antisemitism’
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