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The Theological Value of Privacy

06/27/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In recent years, debates about the right to privacy have emerged stronger than ever. Especially in light of last week’s events, there are political issues to explore, but we all also have our own introspective work to do to grow in our own sense of modesty (tzniut).

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Authorities Eye Boston Bomb Suspect Link To Waltham Murder Of Jewish Friends

04/23/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings are being investigated in connection with the savage killings of three men — two of whom were Jewish — in a Waltham, Mass., apartment in September 2011, according to the Boston Globe.

From Radical To Nebbish

Two new films at the Quad offer riffs on notions of Jewish masculinity.
04/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Two new films opening this weekend at the Quad Cinema offer riffs on classic clichés of 20th-century Jewish-American masculinity: the radical firebrand and the nebbish. Unsurprisingly, it’s the rabble-rouser who merits our attention, but the nebbish is given a sufficiently unusual to be interesting too.

Alice Tablioni and Patrick Bruel in the French comedy “Paris-Manhattan.” Christine Tamalet

‘Young Turks’ Of Bridge Building

Cross-cultural program between Jewish and Turkish Muslim teens flourishes in south Brooklyn as Israel, Turkey eye calm.
04/09/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Hayrunnisa Kalac, a teenager from northern New Jersey who attends high school in southern Brooklyn, stepped into a taxi outside of Port Authority Bus Terminal Sunday morning and told the driver her destination: the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park City.

Jewish and Turkish Muslim members of Young Peace Builders have bonded through joint religious and educational programs.

Preventing Abuse

04/03/2013 - 20:00

I want to commend David Cheifetz for “coming out” as a victim of childhood sex abuse in a Jewish institution and on his significant and practical imperatives for minimizing the likelihood of our children becoming victims in the future (“Sharing The Secret That’s Haunted My Soul,” March 29).

What Chutzpah!

Reflections on the times and life of the New Yorker who saved the city in a brashly Jewish way.
01/31/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many eras could reasonably compete as the defining Jewish moment of New York City: pushcarts on the Lower East Side, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the CCNY point-shaving scandal, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville teachers’ strike, the Brill Building’s influence on the American songbook, and the garment industry’s styling of American haute couture.

Koch at a White House state dinner in 2012. Getty Images

On Maurcie Sendak, Adam Yauch, and the Death of Jewish Brooklyn Bohemia

If the death this weekend of Adam Yauch, 47—the Beastie Boys founder, nicknamed MCA—was not enough, today came another blow: the death of Maurice Sendak, at 83.  Both were Jewish artists, pioneers in their respective genres, and both were Brooklyn-born.  That they were born some 35 years apart, and came from worlds quite diff

Obama’s Jewish Numbers On The Rise

President jumps to 61 percent of vote from 45 in September, but observers cautious on AJC poll results.
04/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Does President Barack Obama have his Jewish mojo back?

Did the rightward tilt of the Republican presidential primaries, where culture war issues surged to the top of the GOP agenda, scare off potential Jewish voters?

Or is Election Day simply too far in the future for a poll in April to carry much significance?

President Obama at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last month. getty images

The Death of the Father: How Did Benzion Netanyahu Influence His Son?

How will the death of Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israel’s prime minister who died in Jerusalem on Monday, at 102, affect his powerful son?  I don’t have a clue, though some, like Jeffrey Goldberg, have posited that it might—might—make the prime minister a little bit more willing to compromise with Israel's Arab neighbors.  Rather than play Nostr

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