The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
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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For a peace treaty with the PA, half the Israeli public would agree to divide the Jerusalem
As for the president’s new, softer tone vis-à-vis Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel, this is most likely being driven by the results of the recent Israeli election.
What especially appeals to us is his grand – some critics would say extravagant –view of what the borders of Israel should look like.
The establishment of Hebrew University was a cause much beloved to Einstein who in 1923, during what would be his only trip to Eretz Yisrael, delivered the university’s inaugural lecture on Har Hatzofim (Mt. Scopus) and, discussing the theory of relativity, spoke the first few sentences of his address in Hebrew.
The Golden Square wanted Germany to destroy the British and Jewish presence in their country. The Third Reich craved what was beneath the ground – oil.
Ida Nudel’s account of how the Soviets persecuted and punished her was far worse than imagined.
Swim4Sadna is an annual event benefiting Sadna, an integrative special-ed community in Gush Etzion
Prof. Wistrich, was THE foremost historian of anti-Semitism; committed spokesman & advocate of Jewry
Jewish Voices for Peace’s 2015 Haggadah is a blatant anti-Israel screed crying, “L’chayim to BDS!”
On his shloshim, I want to discuss a term I’ve heard countless times about Rav Aharon: Gedol HaDor
After obsequious claims of devotion to Israel, Obama took to criticizing Israel on peace process
Mr. Obama, Israeli voters have democratically chosen to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea&Samaria
There was something else of great importance in play – something we would have liked to see him take into account before deciding to stand with the boycotters.
Beyond the particulars of this tragic death, however, we should all be concerned about the possibility that a criminal prosecution in a major American city is being driven by fear of mobs in the street.
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
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