Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

02/21/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Better late, even extremely, excruciatingly late, than never.  MSNBC’s decision to oust Patrick Buchanan as its arch-conservative political commentator last week was long overdue.

02/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In a stunning about-face, and after decades of violence justified by excuses of being under occupation, Hamas recently admitted that Gaza is not occupied by Israel. And yet, the United Nations, which has long been reluctant to acknowledge Gaza’s change in status, is still silent on the issue.

02/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Rav Moshe Feinstein, widely regarded as the authoritative halachic authority for American Jewry until his death in 1986, was never known as a feminist. But he both understood and accepted feminism’s core moral claim.

02/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Think about this: Last week in synagogue we celebrated Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song. The name comes from the Song of the Sea the Israelites chanted after they miraculously crossed the Sea of Reeds. With joy and gratitude, they burst into song, and when the congregation as a whole finished, the women, led by Miriam, danced with their timbrels and sang the chorus again. Now, do you suppose the men turned their backs, so as not to see the women? Did they stuff their ears with sand, so as not to hear the women?

02/07/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

This month we celebrate Tu b’Shvat, the Jewish new year for trees. Building on this ancient celebration of nature, American Jews are, increasingly, expanding their observance by honoring our entire planet. Tu b’Shvat has become a time to reflect on Earth’s fragility, its dwindling resources and humankind’s impact on water, air and land, as well as on the people, animals and plants that dwell here.

02/07/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Since the founding of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY in 1976, we have worked closely with law enforcement agencies charged with safeguarding New York’s Jewish community, especially the NYPD. Over that period there have been 10 police commissioners. Without a doubt, Raymond Kelly stands above the rest. The events of the past week reinforce that opinion.