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03/01/2016 - 12:48 | | Opinion

When asked in December what his administration’s major accomplishment was, Mayor de Blasio responded with alacrity: “Everyone knows my one true love is pre-K.”

03/01/2016 - 10:47 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Today’s world is very much about personalization and customization. Mattresses, automobiles and worldviews that speak to “my” tastes, desires, interests, schedule and way of thinking and living are the vantage point from which we approach the world. Some people regard this as narcissistic; others see it as an era of the search for “my” meaning and “my” community — an era of identity of assent rather than descent.

02/29/2016 - 13:02 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Once the New York Times is on it, it’s officially a trend: self-appointed representatives of the Jewish community wringing their hands about what kind of a Jew the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is.

02/29/2016 - 12:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There’s a difference between being in your twenties and being a millennial. Being a millennial carries all sorts of negative and generic connotations. “Millennials are narcissistic and lazy, they don’t settle or invest in cars or houses, they need to be coddled in the workplace.” The term millennial itself is starting to lose its cultural credibility. But being in your twenties is something real, it’s an experience we all go through, not a reflection of a behavioral trend. For many, this time period is a circumstantial culmination of rapid professional, emotional and psychological growth. So much about life in your twenties comes down to uncertainty and the search for some sense of security, whether its personal, financial or otherwise.

02/29/2016 - 11:59 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Opinion

It was almost exactly a year ago, as some fifteen thousand pro-Israel activists were gathered at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to our nation’s capital to address a joint session of Congress on the subject of the then-pending nuclear deal between Iran and the United States.

02/23/2016 - 16:20 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When the Israeli cabinet voted 15-5 last month to approve a new egalitarian section of the Western Wall, it was hailed as a landmark decision, a triumph for the cause of religious pluralism in Israel.   After years of struggle by Women of the Wall and other progressive Jewish groups against ultra-Orthodoxy at the Kotel, it was indeed a noteworthy milestone. My celebration of this important decision, however, was more muted than many of my Conservative and Reform colleagues.