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10/12/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

A Jewish Week reader called on Tuesday morning to express his sadness, outrage and frustration over the increasingly frightening wave of violent attacks by Arabs against Jews in Israel. The caller said he had just spoken with a relative in Israel who had made aliyah. She told him that her young children are unable to sleep at night and are fearful of going outside. How is it possible, he wondered, that a state founded to ensure the security of Jews finds itself in a situation where people live in constant worry.

10/07/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

The combination of recent clashes initiated by Palestinians over access to the Temple Mount and the frightening number of seemingly unrelated attacks on Jewish civilians, several of them fatal, have Israelis worried that they could be in for another lengthy and violent siege. Two Jewish men were stabbed to death walking through the Old City in Jerusalem late Saturday night on one of the most patrolled streets in the country. The 19-year-old killer had posted a Facebook message that said, “the third intifada has begun.”

09/30/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

How would you feel about your rabbi having a non-Jewish partner?

On Wednesday the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College made public its decision “to no longer bar qualified applicants with non-Jewish partners from admission” and to no longer bar rabbinical students “from graduating as rabbis because they have non-Jewish partners.”

09/22/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

Dear Friends,

Every year at this time it is our honor to report to you on the state of The Jewish Week.

09/16/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

Like all years, we leave 5775 exhausted, many of us repeatedly disappointed by politicians and rabbis; by men and women wise or witless; by opponents public or private, those with whom we are intimate and those with whom we are vaguely acquainted. 

Disappointment breeds justification; tragedy — a stabbing, a suicide, a slander — grants us permission, we think, to make sweeping indictments, accusations and conclusions, far beyond the perpetrator. Yom Kippur comes, restoring grace and mercy to an unforgiving landscape.

09/16/2015 - 20:00 | Editorial

Now that President Obama has prevailed in his push for the Iranian nuclear deal, much second-guessing is taking place in our community on whether and how Israel, and major American Jewish organizations, should have voiced concerns about it. And some assumptions about winners and losers in this brutal battle deserve to be questioned.