Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/06/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Deborah Feldman’s book, “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots,” has garnered significant media attention since its publication. Recently, much of the focus has centered on whether some of Feldman’s claims are true or false. Unfortunately, this debate is eclipsing a far more important conversation that we, the readers in general and the Jewish community in particular, should be having in response to this book.

03/02/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

After months of disappointment, debate and distress, the Israeli Government this week announced that it will increase the number of Ethiopian Jews that will be brought to Israel on aliyah. The Government had decided in 2010 to permit the remaining 8600 Ethiopian Jews to emigrate from Ethiopia at the rate of 200 a month. Unfortunately, after a short time, they disappointingly reduced the number to 110 a month.

02/28/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When the Soviet Union collapsed 20 years ago, the Jewish world received a much hoped-for bonus. Jews from the newly independent republics, especially Russia and Ukraine, secured permission to leave in accelerating numbers. The resulting great exodus saw an increased Jewish presence in Israel, the United States and Germany. 

02/28/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In a stunning about-face, and after decades of violence justified by excuses of being under occupation, Hamas recently admitted that Gaza is not occupied by Israel. And yet, the United Nations, which has long been reluctant to acknowledge Gaza’s change in status, is still silent on the issue.

02/21/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Sitting alongside thousands of New Yorkers in St. Peter’s Basilica, I was filled with pride and affection as I witnessed His Eminence Timothy M. Dolan’s elevation to the rank of cardinal.  

For those seeking insight into Cardinal Dolan’s direction for the future, his remarks to the College of Cardinals last Friday are well worth reading. For the Jewish community of New York, his speech also provides an intriguing new possibility for Jewish-Catholic cooperation.

02/21/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Better late, even extremely, excruciatingly late, than never.  MSNBC’s decision to oust Patrick Buchanan as its arch-conservative political commentator last week was long overdue.