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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/28/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, who served as chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary from 1940 to 1972, spoke with pride about the contributions that Jews and Judaism have made to humanity in the areas of ethics, social justice and religion. Judaism has something important to say to the world, he believed, and should say it loudly and clearly.

03/28/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Energy companies are bombarding us with television commercials that claim hydrofracking, the controversial form of drilling for natural gas, should be allowed in New York State to increase America’s energy security. 

03/22/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

What’s the most sought-after information regarding Passover? Is it, A, where to find a great new Haggadah? B, how to keep kids engaged during the seder? C, trying to appreciate the meaning of freedom? Or maybe D, something as provocative as the debate about whether the events portrayed in the Book of Exodus are historically accurate? Actually, the answer is E, none of the above.

03/19/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On Passover we read about the Four Children, each of whom approaches the seder experience from a different angle. We are called upon to explain the Exodus story in the manner most developmentally appropriate for each child.

03/19/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When I was a junior in high school I wrote a term paper on mothers who work outside of the home. I cannot believe that 20 years later, we are still having similar conversations. Between Melissa Mayer’s controversial declaration that employees of Yahoo may not have the option to telecommute, and the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s upcoming book, “Lean-In,” the conversations continue not far from where they left off from last summer.

03/14/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The challenge of day school affordability is not just an economic but an existential one; it is about the continuity and vitality of the next generation of Jews. While enrollment is at an all-time high, so are tuition bills.