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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

09/22/2015 | | Opinion

On the High Holy Days, we all become authors. We look back on the past year, recalling our good deeds and misdeeds, and look forward to a New Year when we write the next chapter in our Book of Life. During the Ten Days of Awe-someness, the traditional liturgy assures us that teshuvah – return, tefilla, reflection and tzedakah – righteous acts of justice will ensure a year of meaning, and purpose, belonging and blessing. The rabbis had a name for this process: cheshbon ha-nefesh, an accounting of the soul.

09/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At the end of August, T’ruah — the organization I lead — submitted a request to the New York Attorney General’s office to investigate whether the U.S. fundraising arm of Honenu and its fiscal sponsor, The Central Fund of Israel (both based in New York) are violating the conditions of tax-exempt status by funding cash payments to Israelis accused or convicted of terrorism.

09/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

My two sons, ages 13 and 15, were both born and raised within the U.S. Neither of them can speak, read or write English.

09/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It is now clear that there will not be a congressional resolution of disapproval of the agreement reached between the P5+1 and Iran — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — and that it will, therefore, be implemented. Thus, the day after is now; it is time to come together and focus attention on what needs to be done going forward.

09/17/2015 | | Opinion

One of the skeletons in the Modern Orthodox closet is the irreverence of those who chatter, talk, gab, jabber, gossip, converse and prattle rather than observe the solemn laws of appropriate synagogue posture and assiduously attend to the reading of the Torah. By doing so, they subvert and undermine the sacrosanct concept of prayer. The systemic talking has become so prevalent that a shul’s politics are hardly about who voted for whom, membership dues or ritual disagreements. Instead, the conversation is about the lackadaisical condemnation of conversation during prayer and, by extension, whether a person has the right to request the reticence of another congregant.

09/11/2015 | Opinion

Miryam Rabner 

Rosh Hashanah is a time of celebration with family and friends. Our rich tradition and liturgy prompt us as individuals and as a community to pause and reflect about who we are and what our lives represent.