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AUGUST 10, 2017 – JERUSALEM – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, allocates $1.2 billion from 68 donor nations to 59 “temporary” Arab refugee camps that were established in the wake of the Arab-Israel war in 1948. At that time, 500,000 Arabs fled the nascent State of Israel. That refugee population has Read More

AUGUST 10, 2017 – Oftentimes the impact of Israel on the Western world is large enough to amaze even those of us who live here and experience the economic miracle every day. That’s the reaction many of us had this week when the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released foreign direct investment (FDI) data Read More

AUGUST 10, 2017 – As a Jewish legislator representing a district with a large Jewish population, I am often called upon to lead on issues of importance to the Jewish community. Usually, the community is united in its support or opposition to an issue.  However, as the lead sponsor of Bill S.1689, An Act Prohibiting Read More

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AUGUST 10, 2017 - PARIS – It took too long for the French people to recognize the Jewish victim of a brutal April 4 murder by name. After weeks of indifference by media outlets and politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron demanded publicly that the judiciary shed light on the nature of the crime. Significantly, Macron Read More

AUGUST 10, 2017 - Many of us ask that question each day. It’s not because we’re unsure of our identity. It’s because we continue to learn and grow with each new sunrise. As Jews, we determine our own learning curve. And as we evolve, each moment offers an opportunity to take the next step as Read More

AUGUST 10, 2017 -  Among my favorite rabbinical undertakings is the task of creating and crafting the itineraries for the trips to Israel I lead every couple of years. I always aim to blend the experiencing of antiquities, spirituality, contemporary Israeli culture, and the Land of Israel for both first-time and returning visitors. I’m often Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – JERUSALEM – Tons of newsprint (and terabytes of bandwidth) have been spent on the friction between the Israeli rabbinical establishment and non-Orthodox streams. Right now, it’s conversions and prayer rights at the Western Wall. During the weekly cabinet meeting on June 25, government ministers, under pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Read More

The July 13 Jewish Journal presents two front-page state and national issues that have a history of prior Massachusetts and US Supreme Court interest. The first addressed the state Legislature trying to prohibit companies that practice Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israeli companies from receiving state contracts. The other told of three women in a Chicago Read More