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An Open Letter to Molly Morris

December 4, 2015

Dear Molly,

Thank you for your sobering article, "Hate Speech on UNM's Campus," which appeared in the December 2, 2016 New Mexico Jewish e Link. And thank you to all the courageous members of Hillel for standing up against the pernicious anti-Israel activism on the UNM campus. We are confronting a  phenomenon which has spread across many American and European universities and even the chambers of the United Nations. Indeed, the UN Human Rights Council has passed 62 resolutions condemning Israel since its creation in 2006, more than the rest of the world combined!  

The UNM situation is especially difficult because there are so few Jewish students and even fewer Jewish faculty who have taken an interest. However, there are several bright spots. At Indiana University, for example, the Indiana University Student Association passed a resolution on December 1, 2016 condemning ant-Semitic incidents as well as the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. And closer to home, UNM's International Studies Institute is now planning its second year of lectures in Contemporary Jewish Studies. Unlike Richard Falk (widely condemned for his bizarre views on not just Israel but also the September 11 and Boston Marathon attacks), the lecturers in the UNM lecture series will continue to be respected scholars in the domains of contemporary Jewish affairs, Israel included.

Thank you and best wishes,

George Skadron

Kashrut, Natural Health and Jewish Ethics

December 1, 2015

By Jan Rabinowicz

The high value placed on health in Jewish tradition, despite its long history, can perhaps be summed up in a single word: sheyichye/shetichye, Hebrew for “may he/she live.” This alludes to Vayikra 18:5, where “You shall keep My laws and My rules, by the pursuit of which man shall live” is taken as the basis for pikuach nefesh, the halakhic principle according to which almost all other priorities can be set aside in order to preserve human life. Pikuach nefesh, which b...

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The Merkabah and the Exegesis of a License Plate

November 17, 2015
By Diane Joy Schmidt      

Recently, I was headed to a restaurant in search of a strong cup of Greek coffee, the kind with grounds you can rub your tongue against.

I was stumped over the increasingly vehement feelings expressed by a friend of mine, and her insistence on finger pointing about the faults of others, namely the Palestinians.

When I had expressed frustration over not being able to find an unbiased news report on the recent terrifying knife attacks by Muslims of Jews in Israel and...

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This Is Not

November 17, 2015
By Paula Amar Schwartz

This is NOT Charlie Hebdo
not a stabbing on the street in Ramat Gan
nor guns on the streets of Ferguson.

What is there to say? 100 dead at a soccer game 
in the Stade de France,
another 40 at a Rock Concert down the street,
more at a restauraunt, , and in the park, at a mall,
turning the corner in a car.

This is beyond comprehension
my heart, my soul, mourn
my mind asks why, and what, and  who,
when? what of our family and friends?
What of all of France, known 
and those not known?


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Looking for Unbiased Reporting

November 17, 2015
By Greta Weiner

As Jews, we are often confronted with bias in reporting affairs in the Middle East. We’re almost immune to it. But with the recent increase in violence in Israel, not a day goes by without headlines screaming “ Palestinians killed by Israeli violence!” Putting the emphasis on the victim’s recourse rather than the perpetrators instigating the attacks. 

Three examples: 

Saturday, October 10th. L.A. Times. “Four Palestinian Teens Killed in Israeli Violence” Actually ther...

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