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11/06/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

American Jewry recently experienced a historic moment, as on October 27, the first five U.S.-educated Yoatzot Halacha (Women Advisors in Jewish Law) celebrated their graduation and certification. This brings to 85 the number of Yoatzot Halacha, experts in the laws of marital intimacy and related issues of women's health, that Nishmat has graduated since my husband, Rabbi Yehuda Henkin, and I established the program in Israel in 1997. Nishmat remains the only source for Yoatzot Halacha, worldwide.

11/05/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Pope Francis is an extraordinary man.

In the few months since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became the head of the Roman Catholic Church he has changed the atmospherics of the Vatican more profoundly — and most observers would emphatically say for the better — than anyone since Pope John XXIII more than 50 years ago.

11/04/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For much of my life, the notion that I, an American Jewish rabbi, would address a primarily German Christian audience in a Berlin church on Kristallnacht was inconceivable. Most American Jews of my generation were raised with antipathy toward all things German. After all, Germany and Germans perpetrated the destruction of much of European Jewish civilization and the extermination of six million Jews, one-third of world Jewry.

11/04/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

He was a flawed hero. No, I’m not speaking about the biblical Abraham, who passed his wife off as his sister, or Jacob, who won his birthright by deception. I am speaking of Yitzchak Rabin, former prime minister of Israel, whose yahrzeit we commemorated this week.

10/29/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For the past three decades, there have been many surveys looking at the notion of Jewish identity, Jews’ identification as Jews and their attachment to Judaism. Each one has resulted in depressing news. In characterizing these studies over the years, writers have used words such as “devastating,” “dismal” and “disturbing,” while others wrote some variation of “I thought there would be more American Jews who cared about religion.” But when it comes to the data in the new Pew Research Center study, the picture is more nuanced.

10/29/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

So, young Jews don’t want to affiliate? Wonderful!

Such a statement in response to the recent Pew Research Center survey, coming from a rabbi no less, surely sounds absurd. But give me a chance; hear me out.