Judaism

Casino Jack: Are We Trapped in Money Worship?

12/23/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Watching “Casino Jack” on its opening weekend was the very first time I ever felt embarrassment for wearing a kippa in a movie theatre. When Jack Abramoff, played by Kevin Spacey, sponsored kosher restaurants and a yeshiva with dirty money, the woman sitting next to me let out a disgusted “My G-d!” I shrunk in my seat.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Booker In The Hood At YU

12/22/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Cory Booker seems to find himself in the right places at the right times. Two decades ago, as a 22-year-old Rhodes scholar at Oxford, he found himself one night at Shmuley Boteach’s L’Chaim Society, a Jewish cultural center on campus.

He was invited by a young woman for a Simchat Torah celebration. When he walked into Chabad House everyone froze. He looked for his date but found men with beards and skullcaps.

Cory Booker and Richard Joel at Yeshiva University convocation. Photo by Tim Boxer

Ask the Ethicists: a Jewish Week Community Forum

Relationships: what should I do?

 Featuring New York Times ethicist Randy Cohen and the Jewish Week's Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, moderated by Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt

Riding the College Merry-Go-Round One Last Time

12/17/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

My wife and I are blessed with four wonderful children, two of whom are married, and the third a sophomore in college. Our youngest child- a son- is eighteen and a senior in high school. And like his friends, he is living through those weeks of high anxiety when college acceptances- and the other letters- are sent out.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

A Jewish Vision for 2025

12/17/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

What do we hope the American Jewish community will look like in 2025? No one knows what the coming years actually have in store for the Jewish community but we can at least attempt to outline a vision for what our future can entail with focused and vigorous efforts. Before we discuss the mechanics of accomplishing our collective dreams —hundreds of leaders, thinkers, and organizations would need to do that work in very different ways—perhaps we can at least advance open conversations of where we, as the empowered and engaged in the Jewish community, are looking to go.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Rabbis' Ban Of Renting To Arabs Must Be Condemned

12/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Israel is roiled once again in sad and needless moral controversy. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Safed, son of former Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu, and with the support of 49 other rabbis, has ruled that it is forbidden by Jewish law for Israeli Jews to sell land or rent property to an Arab.

Tefillin Panic: Comedian Joel Chasnoff Gets the TSA Treatment

 Joel Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and writer with stage and screen credits in eight countries, and author of the comic memoir The 188th Crybaby Brigade (Simon and Schuster), about his year as a combat soldier in the Israeli Army

The Ethics of WikiLeaks

12/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Q. Was the leaking of a trove of private diplomatic communications ethical? And once leaked, is it ethical for news organizations to publish them?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Women and Climate Change: What You Don’t Know

The ways in which women are vulnerable, and their human rights are violated, have changed little through the millennia, and climate change will only exacerbate the same old suffering.

12/09/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In December 2004, when the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, women died, in part, because they could not swim, because they put the needs of their children first, and most tragically of all, they drowned in their homes because they would not flee after debris had torn off their clothes. In the years since the tsunami, these shocking facts have motivated NGOs to develop programs to prepare women for the increasing number of disasters expected to result from climate change.

Montaigne’s Jewish Question

How much did the French philosopher know about his Jewish roots?

12/07/2010
Staff Writer

It should be no surprise that author Sarah Bakewell found in the 16th-century French writer Michel de Montaigne a voice that is entirely of the present.

“I’m flummoxed as to what to make of this whole story,” says author Sarah Bakewell, referring to Montaigne’s elusive Jewish back
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