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Time to get serious about cybersecurity PDF Print E-mail
By Paul Goldenberg   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:16

NEW YORK (JTA) — The growing risks posed by homegrown terrorism, the rise of European ultranationalist fervor and anti-Israel boycotts, coupled with the likelihood that Mideast tensions may intensify, has given rise to a distinct and unfamiliar threat directly impacting homeland and Jewish communal security.

Groups or individuals wishing to cause harm to Jewish institutions no longer require physical access. A criminal, hacker or terrorist-related group from the other side of the globe can breach an agency or synagogue computer network and silently gather its most vital information.

My opinion: Ariel Sharon learned the limits of force PDF Print E-mail
By Yossi Beilin   
Friday, 17 January 2014 14:50

(JTA) — Ariel Sharon’s development as a leader was very similar to that of Menachem Begin. In the final years of their political careers, both men came to realize the limits of relying on force alone.

These realizations led to historic decisions: While Begin gave up the Sinai Peninsula — an area three times the size of Israel proper — Sharon withdrew from the entire Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements, even though no one demanded this of him.

A Jewish Perspective of The Beatles PDF Print E-mail
By Joel Benjamin   
Friday, 03 January 2014 16:52

The Fab Four /United States Library of CongressThe Fab Four /United States Library of CongressJust as Judaism is an ethical and spiritual lighthouse – so too were The Beatles.

Most religions have their roots in spiritual awakening. The Beatles had a powerful appeal to a generation in calling forth a spiritual bonding. They sought out wonder, meaning and innocence in their lives and music. Similar to Judaism, the religious allure of The Beatles was a vital factor in allowing the group to endure.

From Model T to a Model for T PDF Print E-mail
By David Meyers   
Friday, 22 November 2013 16:10

JERUSALEM, Israel – During a panel at this year’s JFNA’s General Assembly (GA), the moderator asked, “If you would compare the Jewish Federation to a car or animal what would it be?” Without a second thought, the legendary Ford car from the 1920s, the Model T, popped into my head. At 18 years old and a current participant on a BBYO gap year program studying at Tel Aviv University, it felt as though my singular presence in this room of more than 1000 individuals made the average age plummet to an amazingly low 55. But this feeling of being out of place, out of the loop, is unfortunately a familiar one for me and many of my peers.

A Jewish Atheist PDF Print E-mail
By Lee Kossin   
Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:52

Some years ago, my middle daughter occasionally did cat sitting for a rabbi. One day, he called for her and we ended up in a conversation that led him to ask where we were affiliated. I told him that we went to the JCC and belonged to the “Jewish pool club.” When he asked again, I told him that we didn’t attend a synagogue because I come from a long line of atheists and my husband is an atheist by choice. After a contemplative silence he said, “But your daughter is such a good person.”

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