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09/09/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

‘Seinfeld” aficionados will remember how the series ended, with the four main characters being convicted under a highly unusual statute for not intervening to prevent a carjacking. Normally, in U.S. law, there is no affirmative requirement to help anyone in distress. Good Samaritan laws were passed to shield those who take action voluntarily from potential liability claims based on those actions. 

09/09/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

09/03/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Have you ever seen a straight Shofar? There’s a reason why; according to Jewish law, a Shofar must be crooked. In the first chapter of his Laws of Shofar, Sukkah, and Lulav, Maimonides writes: “the Shofar that is blown…is the crooked  (twisted, bent over) ram’s horn.”  What is the symbolism of blowing a crooked Shofar? The Talmud, in tractate Rosh Hashanah 26b, connects the bent shape of the Shofar to the bending will of each human, the humble acknowledgement that our desires alone do not dictate the future.

09/02/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The time for serious vigilance of child abuse in the Modern Orthodox community is long overdue. It is time that lay and religious communal leaders have zero tolerance for child abusers and cease to cover up, enable or protect them.

09/02/2013 - 20:00 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

The release of the most recent set of Nixon White House tapes last week apparently did not produce any dramatic revelations. It is, after all, widely known that President Richard Nixon was not particularly politically correct when it came to racial and ethnic slurs. But these tapes remind us of the heated debates in those days about how American Jews should weigh their specifically Jewish interests — especially concerning Israel but also concerning Soviet Jews — against the perceived American interest. In so doing, the tapes enable us to grasp the unfolding of history in hindsight.

09/02/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On the basis of my experience in raising billions of dollars for NYU for the past 30 years, from donors who were young and old, I strongly disagree with the following statement in the article headlined “Next-Gen Givers Want To Blaze Own Philanthropic Path” (Aug. 16): “The younger donors want their giving to be information-driven, hands-on, impact-focused, proactive, and peer- oriented.”