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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/02/2015 | | Opinion

On Sunday, July 5, we mark the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. The fast commences a period of mourning of The Three Week, concludes with the fast of Tisha B’Av.

07/02/2015 | | Opinion

When it comes to the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council on last summer’s war in Gaza, even some Israeli journalists have commented that it is more even-handed than past reports because it looks at Hamas violations of international law as well as Israel’s.

06/30/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In two months, approximately 60,000 Jewish freshmen will start the next stage of their lives on North American college campuses. Two types of offers will beckon them.

06/29/2015 | | Opinion

We should never hesitate to condemn anti-Semitism, whether it is the traditional version directed at Jews or the newer version targeting Israel’s legitimacy. But we also have to be very careful about distinguishing Israel-related anti-Semitism from criticisms of Israeli policies.

06/23/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I am in Poland. Sent here by the United States as Fulbright Senior Specialist whose mission is to teach and give lectures in my specialty: the sociology and anthropology of Jewry. I am to teach a short course to undergraduates in the Wroclaw (once Breslau, when the city was part of Germany) University Jewish Studies Program, offer lectures in Krakow’s Jagellonian University, and speak at other academic and community venues in both cities as well as in the capital, Warsaw. Except for a short weekend when I attended a conference here, I have never been to Poland — but Poland has been a part of my life since before my birth.

06/23/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As Jewish physicians we feel a special responsibility to speak out on health matters that uniquely affect the Jewish community. The policy recently adopted by the City of New York to respond to herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection risk as a result of a certain form of ritual circumcision is inadequate. For Jewish medical professionals to remain silent during this discussion would be, in our judgment, inappropriate.