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10/20/2016 - 10:06 | Editorial

The holiday of Sukkot is described in our liturgy as the “season of our joy,” a time to commemorate the Israelites surviving their 40-year sojourn in the desert en route to the Promised Land. As a permanent reminder, we are told to build a purposefully fragile sukkah, whose roof must be porous enough for us to see the stars at night, recalling how our ancestors lived — protected from the elements, wildlife and lack of food and water, by a Heavenly presence, night and day.

10/20/2016 - 10:05 | Editorial

Abba Eban, the most eloquent of Israeli diplomats, once noted when he was ambassador to the United Nations in the 1960s that “if Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.”

10/11/2016 - 10:54 | Editorial

“… And for the sin which we have committed before Thee for allowing our hearts to become hardened.”

10/06/2016 - 12:19 | Editorial

Politics may be the Shabbat table or watercooler topic of the year — or maybe it’s not, as emotions are so heated that civil and casual conversation have become ever more difficult and elusive. But it is worth remembering in these Days of Awe that the liturgical themes deal less with the attributes or deficits of others, but rather our own. And the prayers and reflections have less to do with national or international concerns than our internal mysteries, our personal relationships, our characteristics that no one may have seen, except that impeccable journalist who most accurately inscribes all our deeds in the Book of Our Lives.

10/06/2016 - 12:17 | Editorial

It’s disappointing but not surprising that Jews of color often are made to feel like outsiders in our community. That sense of walking a delicate line between acceptance and rejection was a constant theme heard by staff writer Hannah Dreyfus when she conducted interviews with a number of Jews of color for her report, made possible by a grant from The Jewish Week Investigative Journalism Fund. (See here for part one; the second part will be published next week.)

09/28/2016 - 11:45 | Editorial

One of the honors we share as president and chair, respectively, of The Jewish Week board is preparing an annual message to you, our readers, and to the larger community.