This photograph shows Israel emissary to Madison Mickey Komar Aziz speaking at Madison's "Solidarity for Israel and peace in the region" gathering July 24. See story below.

This photograph shows Israel emissary to Madison Mickey Komar Aziz speaking at Madison's "Solidarity for Israel and peace in the region" gathering July 24. See story below.

Wisconsin Jews respond in solidarity with Israel

July was a month filled with crisis in Israel and the Middle East — and therefore was a month filled with Wisconsin Jewish community responses to the situation.

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D'var Torah: Torah teaches types of peace

By Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

Several weeks ago I studied in Israel at the Shalom Hartman Institute; and I heard the sirens as rockets were fired at cities throughout the country.

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Why does so much journalism distort Israel?

By Leon Cohen

Journalism is sometimes called “the first rough draft of history,” and very rough it often is.

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First lesson of Gaza war: Maintain the blockade

By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Israel has the sophisticated computer systems necessary to ensure that their missiles lock on the desired target. The Palestinians don’t have that technology. The reason they don’t is because of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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First Person from Israel: Living under rocket fire

I visited with a family today whose apartment was bombed. The family was traumatized and the children have refused to leave the bomb shelter and go outside to play or day camp. 

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Hineni: Being ‘present’ in Madison for the community

By Michael Blumenfeld

An old proverb states that if you are not at the table, you may end up on the menu. That may best sum up what it means for the Wisconsin Jewish Conference to be “present.”

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Letter: Solidarity gathering was great success

Kol HaKavod to the staff of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis for planning the Israel solidarity rally that took place July 27. 

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Letter: Court decision permits religious discrimination

I am writing in response to the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood Specialties vs. Sibelius decision, which exempts for-profit businesses from covering employee birth control costs.

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