Posts Tagged ‘commentary’

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Commentary: An Open Letter to Lena from Ben (Only)

Dear Lena, I hope — and I hope that you’ll take me as sincere throughout — that this message finds you and your family well. I can only imagine the rollercoaster you were on these past months. We don’t know each other that well. Of everyone who signed and funded the Detroit Jewish News ad…

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Commentary: Spread the Light

I write this hours after serving as a lamplighter at the eighth-annual Menorah in the D celebration. This was a true honor. I held the torch to honor the Pittsburgh community and memorialize those who lost their lives in the massacre that took place a month ago at the Tree of Life synagogue. I held…

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Commentary: Taking the Next Step

Dorene Weisberg On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Michigan Jewish Action Council, along with the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, presented “The Jewish Right-Left Divide: Can We Bridge the Gap?” This dialogue was the first step in a process to bring rapport to the Jewish community. An enthusiastic and engaged crowd filled…

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Commentary: Jewish Support for Trump has Eroded

We should be grateful for small favors. That refers to the diminished support for Donald Trump from Jews in the 2018 mid-term election when compared to 2016 when Trump was elected president. In analyzing the midterm, much of the media focused on the fact that Jews voted overwhelmingly for Democrats. But that missed the point;…

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Commentary: Another Shooting

Lola Belchinsky No doubt, there is more good than bad in the world, but lately it has not felt that way: 307 mass shootings in 311 days. 378 people dead. People were shot dead at the bar. A person who managed to survive the mass shooting in Las Vegas was faced with death yet again.…

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Commentary: What Does A Democratic House Mean For Israel?

Much of the talk this election season about a new crop of Democrats who hold views on Israel that run the gamut from skeptical to hostile focused on politicians who are about to become newly minted House members. And so Democratic control of the House will undoubtedly spark angst in some quarters. For a variety…

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Commentary: What Pittsburgh Tells Us About the Jewish Future

When 11 Jews are gunned down in synagogue on Shabbat by a white nationalist, it’s hard to not believe that something fundamental has changed for American Jews. What made it even more disorienting for me was that while evil reigned in Pittsburgh I was in Moscow for a conference on anti-Semitism. Normally, at such conferences…

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Commentary: Reflections on the High Holy Days, 5779

The Kol Nidre service was beautiful, as always. The music was powerful, the sermon inspirational and the warmth of the Temple Israel community was palpable. Everything was just perfect. Kind of. As I took it all in, sitting with my wife, my thoughts drifted once again to the reality in my life that my two…

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Commentary: An Interesting Read

Israeli Journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi’s professional credentials suggest that he should be a cynic, always looking at the glass as half-empty. Yet, he has a written a book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, which reveals a man still filled with hope — perhaps not much, but some hope — that the intractable Israeli-Palestinian…

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Commentary: It’s Time To Return To Civility

The toxic level of divisiveness in American political life today is driving families and friends apart and hurting our country. The hatefulness and intolerance that fuel it must be called out wherever they appear. Let’s stop looking for someone to blame and start looking in the mirror! It showed up in our own community when…

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