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02/10/2016 - 16:54 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Some religious migrations are fulfilled. Others are truncated before they start. I refer to the remarkable contrast in the spiritual itineraries of the influential theologian, Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, who died last month at 91, and Rabbi Abraham Heschel, who died in 1972, as they pertained to the Hebrew Union College (Reform) and Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative).

02/10/2016 - 09:12 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In responding to Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“Frustration with Israel is Growing Here at Home,” Jan. 8), Gerald Steinberg of NGO Monitor accuses American Jews and our leaders (“Why Israel Is Frustrated With American Jewish Leaders,” Jan. 29) of “only listening to marginal voices in Israel” and “missing the big picture.” Steinberg is wrong on both counts.

02/09/2016 - 15:50 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I have mixed feelings about the “historic” compromise reached about a week ago in Israel creating a new, egalitarian prayer space south of the Western Wall plaza. Worked out with the Israeli government by representatives of the Reform and Conservative movements, Women of the Wall and others, the compromise will create a large area for the liberal denominations and for the Women of the Wall to hold prayer services. The government and the Jewish Agency will fund the section, a precedent, perhaps, for official recognition of the non-Orthodox denominations in Israel.

02/08/2016 - 17:02 | | RNS | Opinion

Ed. Note: The President's visit last week to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, his first to a mosque in the U.S. as president, was hailed as a welcome celebration of religious diversity by many. In the Jewish community the visit was met with a mixed response with some quarters of the Jewish community praising it as a stand for religious diversity, and others voicing strong criticism for the choice of mosque. In the wake of his visit, the president wrote this exclusive op-ed for RNS, republished here for our readers.

02/02/2016 - 15:32 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Conflicted young Jews who feel caught between the progressive values we hold in our DNA and an increasingly radical “left” agenda that demonizes all things Israel may have come to another fork in the road. The silencing of activists from Jerusalem Open House at the Creating Change conference last week sent a signal to those of us at the intersection of an American Jewish community struggling with its relationship to Israel, and an LGBTQ movement trying to deepen its solidarity with other liberation movements around the world.

02/02/2016 - 13:02 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A century from now, a child will be able to ask Pinchas Gutter, a Holocaust survivor, about his experiences and hear him tell his story. Or at least a 3-D hologram, created after hours of recordings, will be able to respond to questions posed to him by a generation that will have grown up after the last survivor has passed away.