Viewpoints

Suicide in Jewish tradition

By Rabbi Jaron Matlow, Special to The Jewish Sound In the last few years, the  ugly specter of suicide has  popped up twice in my extended family. In both instances, thank God, the  attempts were unsuccessful. Both were cases of despondency  over poor health and fear of  the unknown given the  health situations. Suicide is(…)

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Background checks make sense

Those of us who support I-594 (background checks for most gun sales) realize that it is not a cure-all for our country’s gun problem. It is better than doing nothing, however. As mentioned in your June 27 article (“Jews and guns: What’s our responsibility?”), when Missouri rescinded its background check law, gun violence increased dramatically.(…)

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Score one for “The cause”

Are there readers of the JTNews who think that the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers on a hike will hurt the “Palestinian cause”? If so, they should think again. Killers, like other people, follow the news. They know that every new act of terror, the more barbaric the better, is interpreted by(…)

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Disturbed

I’m terribly disturbed by a second article written by Janis Siegel about a young Jewish man accused of “inappropriate communication with a minor.” (“Judge grants continuance to August in Varon case,” June 13). How insensitive and callous to villainize and embarrass a young man before the court’s verdict as to his guilt or innocence. You(…)

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Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

By David Shayne, Special to the Jewish Sound A while back, I heard Palestinian academic Nadia Elia brag that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is so effective that Israel’s very existence is threatened. “Empty bravado from the side that is clearly losing,” I thought. Afterward, I heard some pro-Israel activists make similar statements. Then,(…)

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Op-Ed: The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

Op-Ed: The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

By Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish world has been shaken by the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three companies that it claims “further the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” The denomination has placed itself squarely on the side of the divestment movement that seeks(…)

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Alleged friends

Shoshana Wineburg’s impassioned plea for “transparency” regarding BDS and other issues germane to the Israel-Palestinian conflict in her open letter to Ari Shavit (June 13) begs an obvious question: Short of unconditional surrender to Mahmoud Abbas and his kleptocratic Palestinian Authority, when might we expect some transparency on the part of Ms. Wineburg and her(…)

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Speak for yourself

This is in response to Shoshana Wineburg’s open letter to Ari Shavit of June 13. I am a Millennial. I have been on Birthright and formed lasting friendships. I have participated in the full range of Jewish observance, from Reform to Orthodox, and have invested much personal time and effort studying the histories of our(…)

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Misplaced priorities

Asher A. Nov’s letter (“The Greatest Sin?” June 13th) decrying the JTNews’s reporting of the facts surrounding the Eli Varon case displays an unfortunate corruption of priorities. Janis Siegel did not humiliate anybody. She reported the facts of an important case that deals with an issue that our community must honestly confront. The charges being(…)

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A long line of leaders

After reading the recent opinion piece by Rabbi Oren Hayon (“How much have we lost?” May 30) about the divisive BDS debate at the UW, I’m struck by the strong, thoughtful, effective leadership we enjoy and have enjoyed at our Hillel. Rabbi Hayon didn’t fully describe the important strategic role he played in coordinating campus(…)

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Ten things you might not know about the Ten Commandments

By Rabbi Bruce Kadden, Temple Beth El Earlier this month we celebrated Shavuot, the holiday of “matan Torah,” the “giving” or “gift” of Torah. It had special meaning for our family this year because our first grandchild, Matan Aviv Ballon, was born on May 5, which was not only Cinco de Mayo, but the fifth(…)

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Shushed Palestinians: My reflections on the UW’s BDS experience

By Nurit Asnash, Special to the Jewish Sound I had never heard about BDS (the boycott, divest and sanctions movement against Israel) until about a year ago when I attended an “Israeli Diversity Week” at Antioch University in Seattle. These three-day, 1-1/2-hour sessions were initiated by a courageous Israeli student as a response to the(…)

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Let us build on the students’ experience

I was immensely moved by both the story of triumph and loss in Rabbi Hayon’s recent piece on boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), and his courage in revealing the painful sacrifice wrought by such a victory (“How much have we lost?” May 30). So many of us decry the Manichean polarization of our political culture,(…)

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Invest in our young people

Thank you Rabbi Hayon for an honest assessment of the risk of limiting our response to boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and all criticism of Israeli policy with the blunt and stultifying tools of the past (“How much have we lost?” May 30). While your commentary may draw the ire of some, after handing the(…)

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A true victory

It’s wonderful that UW students working together, with the support of Rabbi Oren Hayon, StandWithUs Northwest, and others, helped defeat the anti-Israel divestment resolution considered by the UW student senate. But I would like to respectfully disagree with Rabbi Hayon’s characterizing their victory as possibly “Pyrrhic,” so costly that it “prevent[s] us from realizing we(…)

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