Editorial & Opinion | Editorial

01/14/2015 | Editorial

It is particularly fitting that we commemorate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, reassuring us that those who make headlines in the name of religious faith need not be terrorists invoking “Allah,” but rather men and women encouraging each of us to follow a moral path in the image of our Creator.

01/07/2015 | Editorial

With a new and serious diplomatic showdown between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in progress — PA President Abbas seeking to charge Israeli leaders with military crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Israel freezing $147 million in monthly tax revenue payments to the PA — one wonders who’s calling whose bluff and where it will all lead.

12/31/2014 | Editorial

We are proud to introduce “The Jewish GDP Project: Beyond the Dollars” in this week’s issue and report on its initial findings, sobering though they may be. The study, a project of The Jewish Week Investigative Journalism Fund, is based on the generous pro bono research and incisive analysis over a period of months by two experts in the field, business strategist Mark Pearlman and Yale University management professor Edieal Pinker. They note that the collective revenue for Jewish nonprofits in 2007, the start of a major recession, was higher than the same figure for 2012, by approximately $1 billion — an 11 percent drop in funding that could have gone to a variety of Jewish charitable, educational and social causes.

12/24/2014 | Editorial

While there are rabbis these days who are hailed in the media as major moral and spiritual leaders, Rabbi Harold Schulweis, whose Valley Beth Shalom in the San Fernando Valley of California became one of the most creative and dynamic congregations in the country during his four decades of leadership, made his mark before national magazines compiled “Top Rabbis” lists. Rabbi Schulweis, a native of the Bronx who died at 89 last week after a long battle with heart disease, was less interested in glory than he was in transforming Jews on the sidelines into active participants in their religious life (see Obituary on page 24). His appeal was to their minds as well as their hearts, and his teachings — through his sermons, essays, poetry, wit and compassion — helped his synagogue become a caring and sacred community, leading the way for others to follow.

12/24/2014 | Editorial

The European Court of Justice ruled last week that Hamas is not a terrorist group after all. The decision is the latest indication of Europe’s increasing embrace of the Palestinian cause and vexation with Israel.

12/17/2014 | Editorial

Chanukah comes not a moment too soon, a chance to light up the darkness of a difficult year for Israel and its supporters. The litany of woes included the 50-day war in Gaza during which the Israel Defense Forces prevailed militarily against Hamas but lost the image battle, accused of excessive military force. There was increasing anti-Semitism and political isolation for the Jewish state, as Europe and the United Nations move toward accepting a Palestinian state without direct negotiations with Jerusalem. And there were deteriorating relations between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as personal animosity seeps into diplomatic policy.