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BDS Aims to Crush Israel & Undermine American Support of Israel

Posted on April 9, 2024

BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – ACTIONS – VOICES – STORIES A decades-long history of boycotts against Israel are intended to block all support of Israel, destroy the Jewish state and intimidate Jews. Two important studies reveal an “extraordinarily high correlation” between BDS activities on university campuses and anti-Jewish hatred and that faculty-support for BDS fuels anti-Jewish hostility. The […]

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Do not weaponize the tragic death of seven aid workers

Posted on April 8, 2024

by Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD In a statement issued Tuesday evening, April 4, President Joe Biden said he was “outraged and heartbroken” by the killings of seven humanitarian workers from World Central Kitchen, one of whom was a dual-American national. This is an appropriate response to a wartime tragedy with the loss of humanitarian aid […]

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Six Months After 10/7: Why Israel Must Continue to Fight

Posted on April 2, 2024

BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – ACTIONS – STORIES At the six-month mark, Hamas continues to violate international law. Many across America and around the world seem to forget the simple fact that the basic tenet of Hamas is to destroy Israel and murder Jews worldwide – driving its ongoing campaign of violence and bloodshed. World […]

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Masorti Leads Mass Purim Services in Hostage Square

Posted on March 29, 2024

This article was provided by The Masorti Foundation and published on Friday, March 29, 2024 During the Purim period, we gathered twice in Hostage Square, to stand alongside the families of the hostages and express our hope that all would “be reversed”, as in the Purim story. On the Fast of Esther (last Thursday), we […]

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Torah for this Hour | March 28, 2024

Posted on March 28, 2024

The red heifer is perhaps the biggest enigma of the Torah: just as it purifies the unclean, so it defiles the pure. Not to mention the question: How can the water of purification, made from heifer’s ashes along with other ingredients, eliminate impurity? Those engaged in the preparation of the red heifer were the priests […]

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Hostage Negotiations with Hamas Intensify as Calls for Ceasefire Increase

Posted on March 26, 2024

BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – DISPELLING MYTHS – ACTIONS – STORIES U.S. and international pressure on Israel for a ceasefire intensifies as Israelis soon mark six months since the 10/7 attacks – and six months of relentless suffering for the families of hostages held in captivity. The United Nations Security Council recently adopted a resolution calling […]

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Humanitarian aid as a Hamas weapon: Israel’s point of view

Posted on March 25, 2024

by Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD Joe Biden’s State of the Union address focused on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Listening to the president, one might believe that Israel alone has caused this suffering and that Israeli actions only are required as a remedy. “Israel must do its part,” Biden declared. “To the leadership of Israel I […]

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Torah for this Hour | March 21, 2024

Posted on March 21, 2024

These past few years have afforded us the opportunity to read new meanings into ancient words. Before COVID, “plague” was a strange and distant concept. Just last Sukkot, “captivity” and “redemption of captives” were peripheral concepts to us, and suddenly they are a part of our daily lives. With these are echoes of other ancient […]

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Overcoming Adversity: Purim and the Resilience of Jewish Identity

Posted on March 19, 2024

BACKGROUND – TALKING POINTS – ACTIONS – VOICES – STORIES The ancient Jewish festival of Purim, celebrated this year on March 24, is a testament to resilience, courage and the triumph of good over evil. Purim celebrates the perseverance of Jews against one of the leaders of Persia – now Iran – who plotted to kill […]

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Denialism of October 7 as a Hamas weapon

Posted on March 14, 2024

by Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD Webster’s dictionary defines “denialism” as “the practice of denying the existence, truth, or validity of something despite proof or strong evidence that it is real, true, or valid.” Ever since testimony about the Nazi death camps spread, antisemites have employed Holocaust denialism of Nazi guilt. The deniers assert that Jews […]

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