Shmully Hecht




Stories by Shmully Hecht

Can the Middle East really offer freedom for all?

All over the Middle East spontaneous and organized crowds are assembling to demand freedom. Even experts on the region cannot … Continued

Are money and freedom exclusive?

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

When hate speaks, how much are we supposed to listen?

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Welfare – real help or hindrance?

Last Thursday evening at a gala dinner in Manhattan, I had the chance to introduce Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory … Continued

He who cheats on his spouse will cheat on everyone

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Blessed is the country that knows justice for all

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Religious incoherence and the presidency

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Gays should be welcomed by our religious institutions

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

Atheism and ignorance

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

The 23 state solution

Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between … Continued

Fair and equal treatment for Islam

After 9/11 President Bush reminded Americans that the attack was the work of a few terrorists and not the Muslim … Continued

A president of faith is all we need

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Television on your wedding night?

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Marrying within faith respects difference among traditions

Q: Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans … Continued

Jewish peace

Q: In the wake of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s dismissal as chief commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, … Continued

The Bible is the source of morality

Q: In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to … Continued

We are the caretakers of the universe

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

“And thou shalt love the stranger”

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

A mother’s life comes first

Q: Can you be a feminist and oppose abortion in all circumstances? Can you be a person of faith and … Continued

Ban the burqa? Is the yarmulka next ?

Q: What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist … Continued