Tragedy at Newtown

As names were called at the graduation of my youngest son from college last week, I could not help but think about the names of the 20 young children who had been killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School and whose names will not be called at a graduation ceremony.    I want to share with …

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Pillar of Defense

December 15, 2012   The term used by the IDF, the Israel Defense Forces for its recent campaign in Gaza was Amud Anan, which was translated into English as “Pillar of Defense.”  The translation is not accurate, and although I wish the translation would have been more faithful to the original Hebrew, I can understand …

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The March that Changed the World

December 8, 2012   On December 6, 1987, a sunny, but chilly Sunday, 25 years ago, Jewish history was made, and the history of the world was forever changed.   As a result of the work of the Jewish community, concern for the plight of Soviet Jews, and advocating freedom for their right to emigrate …

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Report from Israel Solidarity Mission

It is an old adage that things change quickly in Israel.  That was evident when we started our day with the Minister of Tourism, who just before our meeting had announced that he was taking a leave of absence from politics and would not be running in the upcoming election.   From there we went …

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Report from Israel

I arrived in Israel yesterday, Monday as a member of a delegation of conservative rabbis and lay leaders from the US.  I had not planned to be a part of this trip, sponsored by Masorti, the conservative movement in Israel.  However after the shellings in Israel and the Pillar of Defense campaign by the IDF, …

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