Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/21/2014 | | Web Director | Opinion

For a while there, it looked as if much of the world had accepted, or was at least considering, Israel’s argument for attacking and then invading Gaza this time – the third in six years.

07/18/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Editor’s Note: Gabriella Kamran is the first recipient of The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. She won a national contest seeking essays on the Jewish American who has made significant contributions to humanitarian causes, social justice, medicine or science. Gabriella won $500 and a commemorative medal. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.

07/15/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last Tuesday was yet another oxymoronic push-me-pull-you day that seems as anomalous yet ubiquitous in modern Israel as the brutal summer sun and the year-round high-tech and pharma miracles. On July 8, Israelis were in double-mourning: still reeling from the evil outsiders who murdered three innocent Israeli teenagers; now horrified that some fellow Israelis responded with an equally evil revenge killing. Both events transcended the usual political battle lines. Just as Israelis, left to right, embraced the Israeli kids as their own, Israelis, left to right, repudiated the barbaric revenge-murderers. Israelis were worried, watching Hamas’ escalating rocket barrage. But they were were also determined to continue living life fully and contributing to the world creatively, profoundly.

07/15/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The scene was Yarnton Manor, an estate outside Oxford and home to the British University’s Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Professors Adam Ferziger of Bar-Ilan University and Miri Freud-Kandel of Oxford recently convened 16 scholars from the U.S., Israel, and the U.K. for the Centre’s inaugural Oxford Summer Institute in Modern and Contemporary Judaism to assess the work of Dr. Yitz Greenberg, the rabbi, scholar and teacher, and his impact on Modern Orthodoxy.

07/15/2014 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

Rehovot – As an American-born, 29-year-old journalist living in this central Israeli city, I’ve encountered the same existential dilemma each night for a week: Is it safe to take a shower now?

07/10/2014 | | Editor and Publisher | Opinion

I’ve long been a defender of The New York Times’ Mideast coverage, arguing that for all of its flaws on occasion, there is no consistent, inherent bias against Israel.