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The ties that bind

Much has been written in recent weeks about the US-Turkey relationship.  Turkey is an important NATO ally. With all the problems facing our world, we must make sure NATO remains strong.  It is...

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Where have all the small banks gone?

Eight years ago, employment numbers were in freefall. The housing bubble burst, and Americans witnessed the federal takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the collapse of the financial services firm Lehman Brothers, and the...

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Two-faced hypocrisy of Republican religious freedom

The Syrian refugee crisis has lately become political cannon fodder for a supposed clash between Muslim and Western values. Donald Trump and American conservative media organizations like the Daily Caller have claimed that the existence...

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What to do about Syria?

The violence and danger in Syria have ratcheted up another notch this week. Hundreds of thousands in the rebel-held areas of Aleppo are cut off from food and water while the 1.5 million living in the government-held areas of the city have limited...

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What I witnessed in Berlin last week

I just returned from what used to be a City Hall on the outskirts of Berlin, now home to 1,200 refugees sharing 60 toilets and 30 showers. I joined sixteen rabbinic colleagues from across the U.S. on a critical mission: to deepen my understanding...

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The future of work

The dog days of summer are waning, pools are closing, and parents are taking a deep breath as they get to send their kids back to school. It’s Labor Day. But Labor Day is about more than a last hurrah before getting back to work after a summer of...

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