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Feb 18, 2019, 7:52 AM
No, it’s not racist to call out Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar
It has been well noted that the new “fresh faces” of the Democratic party happen to have a little bit of an anti-Semitism problem. To most, it only seems natural to call out ignorance and bigotry when we see...
Feb 11, 2019, 7:44 PM
How BDS Comes to a Level Minded University
Last October I took a trip to my old alma mater, California State University Long Beach. Like the state itself, Cal State Long Beach embodies the stereotypical relaxed and laid back atmosphere that Southern Californians are so proud of...
Feb 10, 2019, 7:54 AM
Two Leaders: Bibi and Tibi
Every citizen of Israel is familiar with the ten years of Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu’s leadership as head of the Likud right-wing party serving as the elected Prime Minister of Israel through the highs and lows of Israeli politics. No...
Allen S. Maller
Feb 5, 2019, 9:09 PM
Prophet Miriam dances, sings and wins at Senet
Why was Miriam, the prophetess so confident that the liberation of the Jewish People from the Land of Egypt would be successful; that she told all the Jewish women to take timbrels with them because they would sing...
Raymond M. Berger
Feb 2, 2019, 11:49 PM
The Truth Teller’s Dilemma
To be fair we should sympathize with all human loss. We should try to avoid it at all costs. Anyone who wants to find out what anti-Semites are saying can turn to YouTube. I wanted to find out for myself. So I...
Allen S. Maller
Feb 2, 2019, 11:47 PM
Who may have a Divine experience?
Can anyone have a vision of God? Does a vision of God inevitably transform your life? The Torah tells us: “Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and 70 of the elders of Israel ascended (Mt Sinai). They saw the God of Israel,...
Jan 25, 2019, 12:25 PM
A rabbi in Lebanon: Finding common cause during my trip to Tripoli
Meeting Christian and Moslem leaders, I learned the importance of listening, empathising and simply showing respect
Ethan H. Smith
Jan 23, 2019, 7:22 PM
Coexistance in Israel, Answered Hand in Hand
The question of Israeli and Arab coexistance is complex and extraordinarily sensitive, and it is more often answered with misunderstandings than fruitful discussions. This is one of the biggest problems Israel faces today. Although Israel was founded as a...
Jan 22, 2019, 5:34 PM
Why as a Muslim, I feel Holocaust Memorial Day is as essential as ever
Earlier this week, I listened to community plans for the burial of six victims of the Holocaust over the radio, as I made my way for my daughter’s secondary school “student consultation”. I asked the history teacher how the...
Jan 21, 2019, 6:25 PM
A Personal Journey: Peacebuilding through Health, Writing and Activism
One meets peacebuilders in a variety of ways, in diverse settings and circumstances. I came to meet Ruth Ebenstein, a library fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where I also sit and write and think. Last year, Ruth...