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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

04/24/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Now that Natan Sharansky is going public with his proposal to resolve the Kotel conflict, it is time for the leadership of Modern Orthodoxy to speak out.

04/23/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Editor’s Note: This d’var torah was delivered at Darkhei Noam, a Manhattan congregation, on Saturday, April 20.

Today is the 25th day of the Omer [the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot]. One week from tomorrow, we will celebrate the 33rd day, Lag B'omer. Since Pesach, we've been in a period where we observe a set of customs related to mourning. Customs vary across communities, but usually rule out weddings, haircuts, live music, and sometimes new clothes. What exactly are we mourning? The Gemara in Yevamot 62b teaches:

“It was said that Rabbi Akiva had 12,000 chevrutot (24,000 students)… All of them died in a single spell.”

04/23/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For years I have been an active volunteer for many local and national Jewish organizations. Locally, I have worked hard to climb the ladder of involvement and become our federation’s president. It is only now I can truly find the words to describe a frustrating problem that, from years of experience, I now have the clarity and vision to express.

04/16/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Today, Israel’s 65th Independence Day, it is appropriate that we stop and take pride in the many strengths of this young nation, and what its existence and growth has meant for Jewish people not only in Israel but around the world. 2013 offers much for LGBT people to take pride in compared with 1948.

04/16/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last week, during the Shoah (Holocaust) memorial service in Poland, Major General Benny Ganz, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, proclaimed that “we have never been stronger”. The Jewish People is in a position of unprecedented prosperity and security. However, paradoxically, our vulnerability is also at a historic high.

04/16/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Like many, I have been following the story coming out of Rutgers University about alleged abuse by its basketball coach, Mike Rice.