Tag: Terrorism


Je Suis Charlie...or Not?

The rallying cry Je Suis Charlie (“I am Charlie”), referring to the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 11 journalists were murdered in the name of Islam last week, has become popular on placards, posters, t-shirts and more – not only in Europe, but here in the U.S., where pro athletes recently sported the slogan on their pregame workout clothes. But what does it mean to identify yourself with Charlie Hebdo, a publication which for years has specialized in being not only purposefully provocative, but blatantly offensive – and not only to Muslims,......

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Irwin Kula and Glenn Beck: Do Conservatives and Liberals See Evil Differently?

From TheBlaze.com: “Rabbi Irwin Kula hails from the notoriously liberal Upper West Side of New York, but he is also?close friends with Glenn Beck. Being able to see the strengths of both conservatives and liberals, Kula spoke on Tuesday about how the two groups see evil differently. “‘Al Qaeda and ISIS evil and they must be stopped,” Beck told the rabbi on his television program. “I think we can all agree — when you are enslaving children, when you are raping women, when you’re stoning homosexuals, when you’re burning teachers alive......

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Terror Attack Anywhere Is Threat to 'Forces of Decency' Everywhere

From Newsmax article by Brad Hirschfield:?A knife-wielding terrorist stormed a synagogue, screaming that he “wanted to kill (the) Jews.” No this was not in Jerusalem, where a similar attack two weeks ago took the lives of five innocent victims — four rabbis at prayer and a brave Druze police officer who tried to stop the murderers. This attack occurred Tuesday in the Brooklyn, New York, headquarters of Chabad, the world’s largest Hasidic community. While the attack is not about Jerusalem, it is not about New York, either. In fact, it’s not about......

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The Privilege of Seeing The Death of Klinghoffer

I had the privilege of attending the opening performance of The Death of Klinghoffer on Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera. I say privilege because after months of listening to protests and nasty threats by fellow members of my tribe (Jewish), almost all of whom admittedly never saw the opera, seeing The Death of Klinghoffer was an extraordinary cultural and musical experience. The atmosphere, given the vocal demonstrations outside and the intense police presence inside, was crackling with energy. With so much public culture these days that’s either banal and trivial or......

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Video: What to Do about Iraq?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: There’s a recent and alarming rise of violence in Iraq by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Watch my video commentary for discussion of the issues surrounding this… Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org. To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please click here....

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