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Jul 11, 2018, 12:54 AM
On Tisha B’Av we are all refugees
This year as we approach Tisha B’Av, we face some of the worst refugee crises in the histories of the United States and Israel, crises entirely created by governments bent on treating residents like strangers and strangers like criminals. Yet...
Raymond M. Berger
Jul 3, 2018, 11:27 PM
Immigration Quandary: Is Sanctuary a Good Idea?
California’s sanctuary laws are really a form of delayed screening. The United States is a case study in bad immigration policy. In 1986 there were an estimated five million undocumented people in the US. The great majority of them have worked...
Jun 25, 2018, 11:18 PM
Why we should compare current events to the Holocaust
As a well-known aphorism tells us, a spurious comparison to the Holocaust devolves an argument to a standstill. But a well-placed comparison to the Holocaust can be a call-to-action, can help to highlight bias and create change. Last week, Nicholas...
Jun 24, 2018, 2:19 PM
Trump’s immigration policies are skin deep
In July 1942, French police, acting at the behest of their Nazi masters, rounded up over 13,000 Jews, herding them into the Winter Velodrome where they were confined for days virtually without food, water or sanitary facilities. The stadium,...
Jun 4, 2018, 9:17 AM
Common Mistakes to Avoid with Israeli Recruiters
I moved to Israel two years ago. After doing a Hebrew course (Ulpan) and some occasional jobs that were available for new immigrants, I decided to try my luck in big Israeli companies operating in English. It is common that...
Jun 3, 2018, 4:36 PM
The Ultimate Guide to Hebrew Learning in Israel
People ask me how I managed to learn Hebrew so fast. I tell them that I don’t know, whether two years is a short period to learn Hebrew from scratch. But I do manage to communicate with my hairdresser...
Raymond M. Berger
Jun 2, 2018, 2:14 AM
Marxism and Progressivism: A Play in Two Acts
We should return to that great era when what you did counted for much and who you were for little. Today’s progressives believe they are onto something new. But the progressive script is an old theatrical play with the same drama as...
May 24, 2018, 3:28 PM
Wait, which side are the bad guys on?
Governments agree: All countries are capable of violating human rights...except their own country
Sharona Margolin Halickman
May 3, 2018, 11:10 PM
Social Action originated in the Torah
In Parshat Behar, we see that activism dates back to the days of the Torah. During the Shmita (Sabbatical) year we are taught to have compassion for those who have less as ideally all of the fields should be...
Apr 5, 2018, 11:29 PM
Why Don’t Jews Fight Modern Slavery?
We live in the time of #MeToo. We live in a time of #BlackLivesMatter and #MarchForOurLives. As Passover arrives each year, with all the noise and strife in the world and online, how is anyone supposed to remember those...