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It is probably too much to hope for, but we hope nevertheless that the recent Schneier-Boteach/Sharpton debacle will serve as an object lesson to macher wannabees.
Rabbi Marc Schneier has made a high profile career out of pushing the envelope and charting his own course ? however unwise and ill-advised it may be, and however much others decline to do the same. In our view, he has done much harm to our community in his distortion of true Jewish feminism. He has undermined respect for Judaism as a normative faith by his intra-faith organization building. And he has demeaned the Jewish community by literally groveling in his high profile efforts to foster Jewish-Black relations. But, we will give him that he has achieved instant name recognition.
Rabbi Shmueli Boteach, a relative newcomer to the Jewish public scene, has notoriously seized upon a salacious theme and leeringly leapfrogged to the top of the talk show heap.
But both erstwhile rabbis were upended by their recent efforts to get their arms around Al Sharpton. As just about everyone knows, both promoted a trip to Israel by the good Reverend ? ostensibly to get him to open his eyes about Israel, they said ? with Boteach actually accompanying him there. Once there, however, Sharpton followed his own agenda and promptly had a very public meeting with Yasir Arafat which overshadowed anything he did with Israeli leaders and which had to encourage Arafat and be duly noted by Sharpton's followers here in the States.
Boteach expressed embarrassment and Schneier went into hiding. But we would hope that those with a notoriety of sorts would think long and hard before venturing into areas about which they really know very little. Perhaps Rabbis Marc and Shmueli should stick with the Hollywood crowd and Ophra Winfrey, respectively.
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“these soldiers are on the front lines of a war that the entire world is fighting”
Hayovel’s vision: to share with them (Jews) a passion for the soon coming jubilee in yeshua messiah.”
Dalai Lama: In the interest of Tibetans today to have peaceful co-existence with the Chinese.
The War projects to lower Israel’s 2014 GDP 0.5% but will have little influence on foreign investors
It is in the nature of the Nations of the World to be hostile towards the Jewish People.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad are actually fighting to “liberate Jerusalem and all Palestine.”
The bad news is that ISIS and Al Qaeda are on the Syrian Golan. The good news is that every terrorist in Syria is killing each other.
The congregants, Ethiopians spanning generations, were beaming with joy and pride.
The withdrawal from the Gaza Strip nine years ago did not enhance Israel’s security.
How does a soldier from a religious home fall in love with a soldier from a non- religious kibbutz?
In 19th century entire ancient Jewish communities fled Palestine to escape brutal Muslim authorities
Responsibility lies with both the UN and Hamas, and better commitments should have been demanded from both parties in the ceasefire.
But the world is forever challenging our Jewish principle and our practices.
If this is how we play the game, we will lose. By that I mean we will lose everything.
Reportedly, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have formed a bloc that seeks to counter Islamist influence in the Middle East.
And why would the U.S. align itself on these issues with Turkey and Qatar, longtime advocates of Hamas’s interests?
Several years ago the city concluded that the metzitzah b’peh procedure created unacceptable risks for newborns in terms of the transmission of neo-natal herpes through contact with a mohel carrying the herpes virus.
Hamas has coupled its ideological intolerance of the existence of Israel with numerous terrorist attacks and rocket launchings.
Since nothing is static in warfare, the lesson is clear: Iron Dome must be continuously improved to stay ahead of developments in any rocket technology Hamas and Israel’s other enemies might get their hands on.
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