Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

09/21/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The national anger found among the electorate concerns the economy, jobs, health care reform and foreign policy. In addition to recent primary victories around the country by Tea Party candidates, several national polls point to the depth of the public’s anger. A Fox News Poll from June noted that 83 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Independents expressed dissatisfaction with the direction of the nation; in addition, 43 percent of Democrats expressed similar unhappiness with where the country is headed.

09/21/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In her Opinion piece, “Season Of Scandals” (Sept. 10), Erica Brown bemoaned what she referred to as a “rash” of scandals in the Jewish community, a condition that prompted her to write her new book, “Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things.”

09/21/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

In the theater of the absurd that is too often the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will participate in a meeting on disarmament when he attends the 65th session of the General Assembly this week. This is a figure who has united much of the international community to condemn his regime’s nuclear program. And somehow, the United Nations will welcome him at discussions on disarmament. The hypocrisy meter is on overdrive.

09/21/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

09/21/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

I have seen the Jewish future and it is small…

Compact, shoulder to shoulder -- young and old, preschoolers, high schoolers, singles, same sex couples with their toddlers, middle-aged parents whose disaffected teens find themselves tapping along in spite of themselves, grandparents with their grandchildren.

No high ceilinged church-like space required. No sound systems or balconies.

09/15/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I spent a few weeks in Israel this summer and couldn’t help but notice a fascinating trend developing, one that might help those of us back here to overcome our uneasiness about Jerusalem, with its fundamentalist leanings and shady politics.