Is Outreach to Muslims the Answer?

Let us call the terror in Paris what it is: Islamic violent extremism. But in doing so, Deborah Lipstadt writes, let us engage the vast majority of Muslims who are the key to stopping this scourge.

Source: Best Way To Stop Islamic Terrorism? Reach Out to Muslims. – Opinion – Forward.com

Lipstadt has a point, provided that:

  • The Muslims with whom we engage are prepared to take an active stand against violent extremists rather than simply pay lip service; and
  • That we are not afraid to engage with righteous Muslims who are both dedicated to the cause of peace and whose voices carry weight among the faithful.

There are Muslims like that. HRH King Abdullah II of Jordan leaps to mind…

A point on the politics of Israel

There should always be a place in Eretz Yisrael for both the Haredim and for the secular socialists. But no group, however well-intentioned, should ever be able to hold hostage the entire nation. Such a situation places the Holy Land on a path to another fall, and another tear-filled journey to a new Babylon.

Jewish Xmas Plans

6:00 am – Rise and Shine. T’Fillin.
8:00 am – Breakfast: Lox and Bagels
10:00 am – Go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1:00 pm – Chinese food for lunch
4:30ish pm – Light candles
5:00ish pm – Shul for Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30 pm – Home for light dinner. D’var that links the passing of Jacob to Star Wars. Z’mirot.
9:30 pm – Laila tov.

Jewish Book Lists: Rabbi Adar

Source: My Basic Jewish Book List | Coffee Shop Rabbi

As you plan your reading for the coming weeks, here is a superb list of books for nearly everyone’s Jewish bookshelf from Rabbi Ruth Adar in San Leandro, California.

Some of these might sit more comfortably in the hands of Conservative or Reform Jews than those of our more frum brothers and sisters, but believe there is insight and good thinking in this list for all of us.