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11/23/2015 | | Opinion

Though the origins of Thanksgiving stretch back perhaps even to the biblical Feast of Tabernacles, it was on October 3, 1789, here in New York, that George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving a national observance with these words:

11/23/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For many Russian-speaking Jewish parents living in NYC, the only connection to Judaism is through their children. Parents who came to America when they were teens during the 1980s and 1990s were less concerned about their Jewish heritage and instead focused on academic studies, on getting into a good college and on entering a lucrative profession. Now that their financial standing has improved this generation of parents wants to give their children something they themselves lacked, and in many cases are still lacking, a Jewish education.

11/18/2015 | | Opinion

Commentary Magazine, on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, has published a symposium, “The Jewish Future,” with brief predictions by 70 people on what will be the condition of the Jewish community 50 years from now.  What follows is a subjective selection of ideas from that issue.

11/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the "Jewish Home" party, introduced a new bill last week demanding that Israeli left-wing NGO's identify themselves and their funding resources upon every interaction that they have with the government – using a special "tag.” According to this law, organizations that receive a majority of their funding from foreign governmental agencies would be physically marked. For many in Israel, this suggestion is a reminder, in very bad taste, of the darkest of times.

11/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Questions about interfaith families and intermarriage are as old as the Jewish community itself. Just this month we read in the Torah portion of Abraham’s concern about whom his son will marry and what it will mean for the future of the Jewish people: even the story of the first Jewish family includes handwringing about intermarriage and the desire for Jewish grandchildren. And yet, despite these centuries of practice, many still struggle with how to work with those from intermarried families. Our communities still have too many barriers to entry, too many assumptions about what makes someone a Jew.

11/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The attacks in Paris and in Beirut last week were heartbreaking. Words alone cannot express our sadness over these events. Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Paris and Beirut, most of all to the families who lost loved ones. We pray for the recovery of the wounded.