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