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Opinion

  • Borscht Belt staff reminisce about the glory days of the Jewish Alps and their part in making it happen

    By jwadmin on March 15, 2019
    May reunion set for that service industry By MARILYN SHAPIRO In the1987 movie of “Dirty Dancing,” Jack Weston’s character Max Kellerman, owner of the fictional Catskill resort, laments the changes that seem to be happening. It all seems to be ending. You think kids want to come with their parents and take fox-trot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the […]
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  • Why we winter in Be’er Sheva

    By jwadmin on March 12, 2019
    By JACK KAPLOWITZ My wife, Ellen, and I own an apartment in the city of Be’er Sheva. No one is more surprised than I am. I’d only heard of Be’er Sheva because it’s mentioned eight times in the Torah. In 2010 I came to Be’er Sheva for the first time to study Hebrew in the ulpan at Ben-Gurion University. Ellen […]
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  • Marilyn finds an easy way to break down barriers between people

    By jwadmin on March 1, 2019
    “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”‒Nelson Mandela By MARILYN SHAPIRO My friend Lazar Lowinger is a true polyglot. Born in Belgium, survived World War Two in Romania, lived briefly in France before emigrating to Cuba, then […]
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  • Yoram Ettinger: US peace initiative – a reality test

    By jwadmin on February 25, 2019
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought:  a US-Israel initiative” February 25, 2019, https://bit.ly/2GMh4HR A successful pursuit of peace is preconditioned upon the predominance of reality over well-intentioned eagerness to produce peace. The latter is frequently tainted by oversimplification, short-term considerations and wishful-thinking. The enhancement of US national security interests behooves the architects of US peace initiatives to recognize the inherent […]
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  • The Pittsburgh shooter could have killed my husband. I still don’t want him to get the death penalty.

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2019
    By BETH KISSILEFF PITTSBURGH (JTA) – On Oct. 27, a shooter entered my Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 Jews who just wanted to pray. Three congregants from our New Light Congregation — Dan Stein, Mel Wax and Rich Gottfried — were among the slain. My husband, Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, was in the room where they were killed, hiding alongside two others. […]
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  • Yoram Ettinger: US-Israel relations – an American perspective

    By jwadmin on February 18, 2019
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” February 1, 2019, https://bit.ly/2SknjYD A realistic evaluation of the key elements which have shaped US-Israel relations, should not focus on the relatively secondary role – regionally and globally – played by the Arab- Israeli conflict, the Palestinian issue and domestic US politics. The substantial amplification of the mutually-beneficial US-Israel cooperation – […]
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  • Spain not portrayed accurately

    By jwadmin on February 14, 2019
    Editor: Cnaan Liphshiz’ article in the Jewish World’s Nov. 29, edition, “Is Spain really a haven for people with Jewish roots?” paints a gloomy portrait. Among examples cited is the awful statement that “across northern Spain people toast one another with the phrase ‘kill a Jew.’” Happily, that is not the Spain that I’ve experienced over the last 25 years. […]
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  • US-Israel relations – an American perspective

    By jwadmin on February 1, 2019
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” February 1, 2019, https://bit.ly/2SknjYD A realistic evaluation of the key elements which have shaped US-Israel relations, should not focus on the relatively secondary role – regionally and globally – played by the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Palestinian issue and domestic US politics. The substantial amplification of the mutually-beneficial US-Israel cooperation – militarily, […]
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  • Hebron: Is it a city without a solution?

    By jwadmin on February 1, 2019
    By JONATHAN S. TOBIN (JNS) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision not to extend the mandate of an international observer group in Hebron is likely to be denounced by some as yet another obstacle to peace, as well as being politically motivated. Critics are probably not wrong about the latter point, as Netanyahu is in full campaign mode lately hoping to compete […]
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  • Is something strange going on? Coincidence? Or could it be b’shert?

    By jwadmin on January 29, 2019
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO In 2012,  Rochelle and Bill Willner, attended services at Congregation Shalom Aleichem in Kissimmee, Fla. Former members, they were there for the first time in two years to check out the new rabbi. Before the mourner’s kaddish, Rabbi Karen Allen asked if anyone was observing sheloshim, the 30 day period of mourning. A woman whom they didn’t recognize announced […]
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