Opinion

Op-Ed: What the Freundel scandal says about Orthodoxy

Op-Ed: What the Freundel scandal says about Orthodoxy

By Elana Sztokman, JTA World News Service MODIIN, Israel (JTA) — With the news that Rabbi Barry Freundel, a prominent Orthodox rabbi, has been arrested for peeping at the naked bodies of his female congregants through a secret camera in the mikvah, or Jewish ritual bath, many disturbing questions are being raised about the implications(…)

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A transformative, yet ordinary, message

By Eugene Lipitz, Special to The Jewish Sound When my daughter Sophie went to Israel,  one moment for her seemed a profoundly transformational experience. It wasn’t seeing the Western Wall or the huge variety of Jewish people so different from her own experience. It wasn’t even going to a venture capital meeting with her father to learn(…)

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Forgiving God on Yom Kippur

Forgiving God on Yom Kippur

By Rabbi Will Berkovitz, Special to the Jewish Sound (RNS) On the eve of the Day of Atonement, the story goes, when the house was quiet, the tailor went to the closet and took out a ledger. “Master of the Universe,” he said, “the time has come for You and me to reckon up our(…)

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Fighting extremism and intolerance in Israel and Seattle

By Jon Bridge and Carol Gown, Special to The Jewish Sound This summer was hard for any supporter of Israel. As members of New Israel Fund’s local leadership, we shared in the turmoil of Israel under fire and its terribly destructive response. Some of us watched from afar, while some of us spent time in(…)

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The governor was an anti-Semite

The governor was an anti-Semite

By Russell Lidman, Special to The Jewish Sound Governor John R. Rogers enjoys a prominent place in this state. Schools are named after him in Seattle, Spokane, Olympia and elsewhere around the state. His statue is located in Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia, in front of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction building.(…)

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Changing minds about Israel, one person at a time

Changing minds about Israel, one person at a time

 By Randy Kessler, Special to the Jewish Sound As children, we were taught to not talk to strangers. But for those of us who care about educating our fellow citizens about Israel, talking with strangers is exactly what’s needed. I was recently invited by a friend to go see Alison Weir, founder of an anti-Israel(…)

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Au revoir, France: French anti-Semitism is fueling unprecedented emigration

Au revoir, France: French anti-Semitism is fueling unprecedented emigration

By David Chivo, Special to the Jewish Sound What if every family attending Bellevue’s Jewish Day School hastily packed up and left Seattle by year’s end? Would our community take notice? What if campers attending the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s summer programs begged their parents to stay home, fearing verbal and physical attacks during the(…)

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Wanna kill me? Take a number

Wanna kill me? Take a number

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service (JTA) — My friend Alain Azria gave me a puzzled look when I told him, with some indignation and disbelief in my voice, that I had just heard talk of killing Jews at an unauthorized anti-Israel demonstration last month in Paris. A young black man with a Parisian(…)

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Learning to argue on Tisha B’Av

Learning to argue on Tisha B’Av

By Yehudah Mirsky, JTA World News Service JERUSALEM (JTA) — As we approach Tisha b’Av, the State of Israel is at war. The day’s commemoration of sorrow and pain, and urgent calls for introspection and reflection, couldn’t be coming at a more needed time. On Tisha b’Av we take upon ourselves the burden, and the(…)

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European governments must act to stem rising anti-Semitism

By Robert Singer, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — The conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is spilling over into Europe, where in the past several weeks, Jewish communities have witnessed a chilling display of anti-Semitism, the likes of which has not been seen in many years. European governments need to act(…)

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Who is killing the Israeli soldiers?

By Andy David, Special to the Jewish Sound In newspapers, it is highly unlikely that you will see pictures of Hamas terrorists storing rockets in multiple UNRWA schools, shooting from hospitals, operating from mosques and other civilian structures, as opposed to images of civilian casualties. Since we don’t suspect civilians of engaging in the killing(…)

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Tisha b’Av in a time of rockets, tunnels and death

Tisha b’Av in a time of rockets, tunnels and death

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA World News LOS ANGELES (JTA) — After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha b’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle with the somber holiday’s relevance. Tisha(…)

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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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