Integrity: What Else Do You Have?

By CP Op-Ed Contributor  | Thu 11 Oct 2018 16:03 EDT Expand | CollapseDr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library, a spokesman and cohost of Kennedy Classics. The recent Kavanaugh kerfuffle underscores an important lesson for all of us: Your integrity is your most important asset. Period. What else does anyone have, ultimately? […]

Behind the plan

President Donald Trump has the world in suspense. Everywhere in the Middle East, and in capitals around the world, everyone awaits the unveiling, the roll out, of America’s so-called “Deal of the Century.” What is the president’s peace plan, all are wondering? What is he going to throw out there that, we’ve been told, is way different than anything that’s […]

The Tel Aviv GA: Building bridges, not dissing Jerusalem

On October 22, one thousand North American leaders will convene in Tel Aviv with one thousand Israeli leaders for “the GA.” The General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America is the veritable College of Cardinals of North American Jewry, a schmooze-fest connecting many of the top leaders from the 50 states and Canada. The decision to meet in […]

Kavana and Kavanaugh

A joke making its way around Orthodox Jewish synagogues these past few days is that US President Donald Trump had serious kavana. The obvious play on words makes use of the Hebrew word kavana (meaning intention, especially during prayer) and newly confirmed US Supreme Court Justice Brett Michael Kavanaugh. “Kavanuagh” is not derived from Hebrew, but nevertheless, with this Supreme […]

It all depends on whose ox is gored

Some call it hypocrisy. Others, less judgmentally, call it a failure of empathy later remedied by experience. I call it the whose-ox-is-gored phenomenon. A given event, policy or idea will be seen differently depending on the degree to which the viewer’s self-interest is involved. Be the first to know – Deceptively simple and obvious, whose-ox-is-gored is a helpful filter through […]

The untold stories of the Middle East’s Jewish refugees

It is Shabbat evening. My husband and children are gathered around the dining room table, eagerly awaiting the meal. As I set the last dish down – traditional Tunisian couscous – I am transported to the Shabbat dinners of my childhood and my mind fills with thoughts about the birthplace of my family dating back thousands of years: Tunisia. In […]

Letters to the editor: October 10, 2018

Gender inequality Feminists are “up in arms” over the photograph of the all-male group of 21 Israeli and German business leaders (“Merkel photo at all-male event inspires feminists, October 8) and rightfully so. Even though 12 of the 21 men in the photo were German males, Merkel found it necessary to state her hope that maybe the next time there […]