Author Archives: Rabbi Kaufman

Rabbi Rick Block’s Address on Freedom of the Pulpit and Israel at CCAR 2014

Speaking of Israel: Rabbis and Freedom of the Pulpit Sermon Delivered by Rabbi Richard A. Block President, Central Conference of American Rabbis At the CCAR’s 125th Annual Convention Chicago, March 31, 2014   One Erev Shabbat, a rabbi and temple president … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers in Israel

The situation of African Asylum seekers in Israel is of great concern and is generating awful press coverage for Israel. Well over 50,000 African refugees currently seek asylum in Israel, the vast majority from Eritrea with a substantial number from … Continue reading

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Ariel Sharon 1928-2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, died today. He was one of the most controversial figures in Israeli politics. There are many organizations and news outlets offering descriptions of his life. Of these, the best that I have seen so … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of Linkage

In April of 2010, I published on my personal blog an article entitled, “The Linkage Theory.” Very little has changed since the article was published except that Iran is much further along the way to acquiring nuclear weapons capability and … Continue reading

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The Biggest Loser in the Arab Spring? By Joel Schwartzman

A recent article in the Tower Magazine puts the lie to the claim that Israel was/is the big loser in the Arab Spring. Once Mohammed Morsi’s regime fell in Egypt, Israel’s strategic situation improved markedly in the Middle East. Hamas … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding History

I wish that I could say that I was inspired by the words of Mahmoud Abbas at the UN General Assembly to believe that peace may be achieved soon. I cannot. The problem begins with a wanton disregard of history … Continue reading

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September 11 America First

It is now two years since this latest European war began. From that day in September, 1939, until the present moment, there has been an ever-increasing effort to force the United States into the conflict. That effort has been carried … Continue reading

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To Act or Not To Act or Have the Russians Do It

I can understand some of the argument being made for involvement in events in Syria. I spoke of the moral argument concerning the gassing of children by a government and my visceral response on Rosh Hashanah morning. While I believe … Continue reading

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Making The Case – But For What?

On Saturday, President Barack Obama spoke in the White House Rose Garden about Syria. Many of us expected the President to present the case for why America would move forward with a limited military strike. It would have been something … Continue reading

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Fear of Enemies, Trust of Allies

It is very clear that weaponized gas has been used by Syrian governmental forces. Tom Nichols of The War Room blog wrote an excellent article about the strategic reasoning for action and my colleague Rabbi Fred Guttman wrote similarly about the … Continue reading

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