What Makes the Land Holy?

November 19, 2011   The story of the first family of the Jewish people continues with today’s Torah reading. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, who has accompanied him throughout his journeys, who has been a helpmate to him, and who has been by his side throughout all that has transpired since their departure from their homeland in …

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Advising Presidential Campaigns

I received an invitation to attend an off-the-record meeting at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee with members of the Obama campaign staff. Those in attendance included a handful of representatives of Jewish organizations, as well as Peace Now and J Street.   The off-the-record meeting was opened by Ira Forman, who is directing …

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Update from Israel

In recent days we have met with Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. Both expressed concern that the window to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is closing.   We also enjoyed an evening at the exquisite and fascinating newly renovated Israel Museum with …

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Some Interesting Washington Receptions

October 3, 1990, is the date that Germany celebrates the unification of East and West Germany. On October 3, 2011 the German embassy sponsored a celebration at the residence of the German ambassador. It was a somewhat surrealistic experience to be a guest at the residence of the German ambassador in Washington for such a …

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