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Author A.B. Yehoshua: American Jews are ‘Partial Jews’

25 Adar 5772 – March 18, 2012
Noted Israeli author and Israel Prize Laureate A.B. Yehoshua said that living outside Israel "is a very deep failure of the Jewish people," and lamented that immigration numbers from the United States are "minimal" and "embarrassing." He was equally acerbic regarding the large Israeli ex-patriot community.

Tiny Steps Towards a Big Goal

While A.B. Yehoshua may be right about the problem, his recent harsh words in which he calls American Jews “partial Jews” for not living in Israel do not help much. There are no partial Jews, we are a family, a tribe, a nation, and we simply cannot allow our people to become disconnected. We should never talk down to Jews, we should talk up, inspire, and heal. To bring the family together, you need to talk in the language of love.

Jewish Democrats Malign Newt Gingrich

8 Shevat 5772 – January 31, 2012
The National Jewish Democratic Council website blasted Gingrich last week for opposition "to the values of the vast majority of American Jews,” when in fact Gingrich's position are highly consistent with "Jewish values".

Israel-American Knesset Caucus Established

2 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
Recent poll found that almost 90% of Israeli Jews believe that the American Jewish community is crucial to Israel's security and continued existence.

$225 Million Raised By Israel Bonds in One Night

29 Tevet 5772 – January 23, 2012
Israel Bonds raised $1.1 billion in all of 2011.

Former Aide: Ron Paul “Calls for Abolishment of Jewish State”

1 Tevet 5772 – December 27, 2011
Republican US presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul will have to answer to pro-Israel supporters following a blog post by a former senior aide stating Paul wishes Israel “did not exist”.

Leaving The December Dilemma Behind

26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011
No matter our stage in life, one is seldom comfortable feeling left out. Unfortunately, many American Jews experience exactly that feeling each year as Christmas approaches. The term “December Dilemma” is used to describe the tension many Jews feel sitting on the sidelines, unable to fully enjoy or participate in the distinctly Christian themes and activities occurring all around.

Reaction To Ads Expose Troubled U.S. Jewish Psyche

12 Kislev 5772 – December 7, 2011
The recent kerfluffle over Israeli government video ads and billboard posters, designed to entice wayward yordim to return home, instead exposed the troubled psyche of American Jews.

About Those Supposedly Offensive Israeli Ads…

Dear American Jews, I wish to apologize in the name of the State of Israel. We have heard our ad campaign encouraging ex-pat Israelis to come home has offended many of you. That was certainly not the intent, and if it did offend, we are sorry.

Dear American Jews

10 Kislev 5772 – December 6, 2011
I wish to apologize in the name of the State of Israel. We have heard that our ad campaign encouraging ex-pat Israelis to come home has offended many of you. That was certainly not the intent, and if it did offend, we are sorry.

Jewish Education In America Circa 1870

4 Kislev 5772 – November 30, 2011
During the nineteenth century a large number of American Jews abandoned traditional religious observance. This led to the United States being dubbed “di treifene medina” (the irreligious land).

About That ‘Israel Unity Pledge’

5 Heshvan 5772 – November 2, 2011
Last week the Anti Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee circulated a proposed “unity pledge” for American Jews which, according to a press release, was designed “to encourage other national organizations, elected officials, religious leaders, community groups and individuals to rally around bipartisan support for Israel while preventing the Jewish state from becoming a wedge issue in the upcoming campaign season.”

More On That Old Democratic Treadmill

10 Av 5771 – August 10, 2011
The last couple of columns, both of which focused on Jewish voting habits in presidential elections, inspired some spirited responses from readers.

Lieberman Scaled Political Heights, But Wants Shabbat To Be His Legacy

WASHINGTON - Call Joe Lieberman the unlikely evangelist. The Independent senator from Connecticut - and the best-known Orthodox Jew in American politics - is probably more cognizant than most of his Jewish congressional colleagues about rabbinical interdictions against encouraging non-Jews to mimic Jewish ritual.

Intermarriage Circa 1918

13 Heshvan 5771 – October 20, 2010
Intermarriage is without doubt destroying the American Jewish community. There are approximately 5.6 million American Jews, some 2 million of whom live in households identified as non-Jewish. Better than half the Jewish children under the age of 18 are being raised as non-Jews or with no religion. Whereas before 1965 only 10 percent of American Jews who married did so outside the faith, that percentage has jumped over the past two-and-a-half decades to at least 52 percent.

Israel and the Liberal Dilemma

10 Av 5770 – July 21, 2010
"It's been a long time since American Jewry has been [so] shaken," declared the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in its July 9 Magazine cover story. Judging from the volume of chatter thundering across the upper firmament of the media heavens, this is no exaggeration.

The View From 1999

25 Tammuz 5770 – July 7, 2010
A reader responding to last week's column concerning Commentary magazine's symposium on President Obama, Israel, and American Jews, cautioned that such endeavors be taken with more than the proverbial grain of salt, since even the brightest of minds can fail to see what lies ahead, particularly when the subject is as volatile and unpredictable as U.S. Mideast policy or the Arab-Israeli conflict in general.

The Debate Over Obama

18 Tammuz 5770 – June 30, 2010
In case you haven't yet had the pleasure, you can read Commentary's latest symposium, "Obama, Israel & American Jews: The Challenge" on the magazine's website (www.commentarymagazine.com).

Remaining ‘Worthy of Our Role’: History, Responsibility, Community (Part I)

4 Tammuz 5770 – June 16, 2010
"May we be worthy of our role." So ends the author's dedication of The Jewish Revolution (1971) to his son, Aryeh. Scholar, writer and active Zionist, Israel Eldad warned the Jewish People against relying upon others to defend them. Boldly asserting it was the consistent miscalculations of "Jewish diplomacy" that had hastened the genocidal fate of millions during the Holocaust, Eldad's great wisdom underscores the terrible folly of still-ongoing Israeli concessions for peace.

‘Liberal Zionists’ Must Choose: Hamas or Israel

21 Sivan 5770 – June 2, 2010
The confrontation at sea this week between pro-Palestinian activists seeking to end the international blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza and Israeli forces seeking to enforce the closure has put Israel in a difficult position.

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