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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/26/2016 - 11:54 | | Opinion

There is understandable concern in the Jewish community these days surrounding the appointment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party’s Platform Drafting Committee of outspoken critics of Israeli government policies -- Jim Zogby, Rep. Keith Ellison, and especially Cornel West.   They are entitled to provide input, of course, but the committee as a whole will determine final language.  That said, the platform drafters would be performing a service if they avoid pandering and assert realistic positions in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. 

05/24/2016 - 17:36 | | Opinion

You might have a hard time relating to Memorial Day (May 30), like I used to. Even though my grandfather and father were soldiers in the two World Wars, ours was not a military family. I didn’t know any soldiers, none of my friends were soldiers, nobody I knew in my community. Viet Nam was over by the time I was in high school. It was a time of relative peace and quiet.

05/24/2016 - 17:10 | | Opinion

Thirty five years ago this week, I ascended the bima at Congregation Emanuel of the City of New York, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, of blessed memory, placed his hands on my head and ordained me as a rabbi.

05/24/2016 - 12:38 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Note: Following is an excerpt from remarks delivered at the Hannah Senesh Day School Gala in April.

What I’m about to say may seem provocative and critical of the day school world, and even your work, but I hope that you understand that my words come from Ahavat Yisrael [love of Jews].

05/24/2016 - 10:23 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Should all children’s playgrounds be made as safe as possible, or should some be denied safety improvements because of bigotry? This question is at the core of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. We at the Orthodox Union argued to the justices that they must strike down an antiquated anti-religious amendment to state constitutions for the safety and well-being of America’s religious citizens.

05/23/2016 - 14:25 | | Opinion

Twenty-five years ago this week, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.