Commentary  On My Mind

Expert analysis and personal insights on today’s Jewish topics.

LookingForward

If everything is innovative, then nothing is. And too often phrases du jour are deployed as dismissive criticisms: a program is “not innovative,” that group is “a legacy,” not a startup.

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"The political toxicity polluting our nation is eroding the foundations of trust and decency that have built this good America," writes JUF's Steven B. Nasatir. "Our national challenges--both natural and human-made--are too catastrophic in their potential consequences to fail to address because of unbridled partisanship."

Executive vice president Jay Tcath lists JUF's best-kept secrets.

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The good news is that the proverbial tip of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions iceberg is melting. The bad news is that we are just now beginning to see the much larger, even more dangerous part that has been lurking beneath the surface.

Spending time with family during the holidays is a heartwarming tradition. It can also be a bittersweet experience when you are caring for parents or other loved ones.

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It reminds me what I already know--that the Jewish people are not just a religion, we are a nation.

Remember, this is the time. Remember, this is the call.

Thankfully, for what needs to be done for our community today, and the plans that need to be made for its future, the tzedekah provided to JUF earlier in the year, when the temps were lower and the days shorter, is now hard at work.

 A major lawsuit filed last month in federal court both exemplifies and seeks to redress a grievous instance of justice delayed and denied; one that spans two decades and all the way from Israel to Chicago. 

There is an intense debate going on in Israel, and around the world, about whether we can be, at once, the nation-state of the Jewish people, a democracy, and a country with a commitment to the human rights of all who live in it, Arabs as well as Jews.  

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