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08/26/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I keep hearing my grandfather’s voice in my head: “Oy. This is bad for the Yidden” — this is bad for the Jews. This has been the summer of Jewish communal folly. The heads of two very significant communal institutions — Sol Adler at the 92nd Street Y and Willie Rapfogel at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty — were fired in the last few week because of serious scandals. Add that to the Claims Conference scandal and what you get makes this Spitzer/Weiner New York hot and blustery summer a terrible one for the Jews. It’s been a man bites dog summer.

08/26/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The warning signs came early this season, Jewish-themed post cards with veiled messianic references arriving in mailboxes throughout the Brighton Beach neighborhood.

08/26/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

-- Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

A bitter irony of Israel’s recent election of two new chief rabbis is that the only group that really cared about it lost – again.

08/24/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

By the end of World War II, some 550,000 American Jewish men and women had served in the military forces from the South Pacific to the European theater.

08/22/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The time for serious vigilance of child abuse in the Modern Orthodox Jewish community is long overdue. It is time that lay and religious communal leaders have zero tolerance for child abusers and cease to cover up, enable, or protect them.

08/22/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."