Social Issues

How Green Is My Landfill

05/20/2009
Staff Writer

Just southeast of Tel Aviv, a huge mountain peak looms over the highway below, harboring swarms of flies and wafting scents of decaying garbage down its sprouting hills. The manmade mound — called Hiriya — may contain a colossal pile of trash, but the landfill is quickly becoming Israel’s icon of environmentalism: a space to recycle waste, produce energy and cultivate greenery. 

Part of the state-of-the-recycling effort at the site

With New Manifesto, Left Looks To Recharge

‘Peace camp’ grasping for a new vision and way out of political wilderness.

05/18/2010
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The post-Sabbath demonstration in Jerusalem’s Zion Square this week was a metaphor for the political wilderness that the Israeli “peace camp” finds itself in these days.

Many held blue and white placards reading “Zionists Aren’t Settlers” and “Stop Settling.” Others held up banners of the dovish group Peace Now.  

About 2,000 dovish Israelis turned out Saturday night in Jerusalem’s Zion Square as the left tries to gain new traction. Getty

Micro-Loans Expert

05/18/2010

We were pleased to read “Micro-Loans In Israel” (May 14) and applaud The Jewish Week for informing readers about these creative and important efforts to combat poverty.

Fighting Obesity

05/18/2010

I congratulate The Jewish Week on your article, “Childhood Obesity Hits Israel” (Healthcare, May 7).
The Israel Heart Fund promotes programs to prevent heart disease. In 1999 we initiated a partnership with The Childhood Obesity center at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, Israel.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: A British Invasion of Spirituality and Wisdom

05/18/2010

Rabbis aren’t usually rock stars, but British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks isn’t your average rabbi. A one-of-a-kind spiritual leader — and this week’s Top Jew — Rabbi Sacks consistently attracts overflow crowds all around the Jewish world. Last month, he thrilled attendees of a standing-room-only Shabbat weekend at Lincoln Square Synagogue with his insights, intellect and scholarship. His new book “Future Tense: Jews, Judaism and Israel in the 21st Century” is a must-read. Here are a few highlights:

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

ISRAEL Game: Funny Or Offensive?

Comedy Central blinks after game labeled anti-Semitic.

05/18/2010
Staff Writer

A female robot with the acronym I.S.R.A.E.L. that marauds a middle-class suburban neighborhood killing children — over-the-top satire or below-the-belt anti-Semitism?

Child-killing Comedy Central robot named I.S.R.A.E.L. has drawn the ire of Jewish watchdogs.

Be a Blessing: The Priestly Imperative

05/18/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:53 p.m.
Torah reading: Numbers 4:21-7:89
Hafarah: Judges 13:2-25
Sabbath ends: 9:00 p.m.

 

Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn

The Oren-At-Brandeis Controversy: Two Views

05/18/2010

Israeli Ambassador Wrong For Commencement.

Rebecca Blady And Hillel Buechler
Special to the Jewish Week

Perfidious Son: Aaron David Miller Rejects the Peace Process

05/17/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Depending on your view of the Middle East and the Obama administration, Aaron David Miller is either a hero or a turncoat.

What We Don’t Know About Jewish Views On Dating, And More

One of the most enlightening and disturbing articles on Jewish life that I’ve read in awhile appears in the Spring issue of Lilith, the Jewish feminist magazine, in which Rabbi Susan Schnur interviews her daughter and two other 20-something young women (rabbis’ daughters, each, and observant, to varying degrees).

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