Social Issues

With New Manifesto, Left Looks To Recharge

‘Peace camp’ grasping for a new vision and way out of political wilderness.
05/17/2010 - 20:00
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

05/17/2010 - 20:00

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

05/17/2010 - 20:00

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

05/17/2010 - 20:00

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.
05/17/2010 - 20:00
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

05/17/2010 - 20:00
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

05/17/2010 - 20:00

Israeli Ambassador Wrong For Commencement.

Rebecca Blady And Hillel Buechler
Special to the Jewish Week

Perfidious Son: Aaron David Miller Rejects the Peace Process

05/16/2010 - 20:00

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).

When Intermarriage Happens To 'Good' Parents

Undoubtedly the two most vexing theological questions are the issues of bad things happening to good people and free will versus destiny.
While most of us are all too aware of the randomness and injustice in the world, we nonetheless are quick to credit ourselves for our good fortune and blame ourselves (and others) for bad fortune.

Fundamentalists are especially good at this little exercise. 9/11? God’s punishment for permissiveness and homosexuality. The Holocaust? A punishment for assimilation and Reform Judaism. Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War? Divine intervention.

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