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12/04/2014 | | Opinion

The words of Leviticus (19:6) admonish us not to “stand idly by while the blood of your neighbor is shed.” These words should sting our ears and shock our conscience in the wake of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner after using a chokehold, a long-prohibited technique, in attempting to arrest him for a simple misdemeanor – selling single, untaxed cigarettes.

12/04/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Israel's Arab citizens have had a difficult history. Although living in the Middle East's most advanced society economically and technologically, they suffer discrimination in housing and job opportunities, and their political representatives have never truly had a share in national power. It was not until late in 1993 that Arab Members of Knesset played a critical role in keeping a government in power, supporting Yitzhak Rabin from outside of the official coalition, following the withdrawal of the Haredi Shas party.

12/02/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Staff writer Steve Lipman’s article, “South African ‘Shabbat Project’ Comes To U.S.”
(Oct. 17), correctly notes that the overwhelming majority of
participants in the Shabbos Project were Orthodox communities, but that Great 
Neck included some exceptions, including Reform synagogue Temple Beth El and
 Conservative Temple Israel of Great Neck.

12/02/2014 | | Opinion

A Swiss museum’s pledge this week to conduct a full search into the provenance of some 1,600 works of art it plans to accept from the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of one of Hitler’s main art dealers, once again has thrust the issue of Holocaust art restitution into the headlines.

12/02/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Professors Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer shared their assessment of the “Shrinking Jewish Middle And How To Expand It” (Opinion, Nov. 14), and not surprisingly, they focused on what Conservative and Reform synagogues should do to reverse the trend.

11/26/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Sheldon Adelson recently implied that Israel does not need to be a democracy, pointing out that there is no mention of the term in the Bible and that “God did not talk about Israel remaining democratic.”

While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron. The importance of the city in Jewish history is undeniable. It is where, according to belief, the patriarchs are buried; where Abraham settled when he reached the Land of Israel, and where King David was crowned.  For that reason, Hebron is the place where Israel’s character as a Jewish state should be examined, specifically where the meaning of Israel’s Jewish identity manifests daily.