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06/10/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Like people in other faiths and traditions, Jews feel an obligation to help the poor. When we lived in an ancient agricultural society, people left the corners of their fields untouched, anyone could eat from your land in a year of shmita and there were offerings at the Temple that the poor could partake in freely.

06/08/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Maybe I could oversleep. Does public transportation even run at 6 a.m.? Or maybe I could convince my friend that she didn’t want to go and use the excuse that I couldn’t go alone. Am I too old to blame my mom for not letting me go? All valid (kind of) reasons why I could theoretically miss this morning’s Rosh Chodesh Tammuz prayers with Women of the Wall.

06/08/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I woke up this morning at 5:35 a.m., hopped on my bicycle, and pedaled toward downtown Jerusalem.  I quickly locked up my bike and boarded a police-escorted miniature bus headed toward the Kotel.

06/05/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A word that is in frequent use these days is “uncertain.” Whether in the context of the economy, global events or the outlook for the future, “uncertain” has become synonymous with the times.  

06/05/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The United States has tortured political detainees. This question is no longer in dispute, thanks to a much-publicized 500-page report released last month by the high-level, bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment (http://detaineetaskforce.org/report), convened by The Constitution Project. The report painfully recounts the use of interrogation techniques that the U.S. had previously condemned as illegal, including some cases in which torture even led to death.

06/05/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Can Jewish religious life be full and fulfilling with no connection to Israel? Must a connection to a concrete Israel live separate from synagogue worship? Should our religious rituals ignore Israel in any way other than the metaphorical, or should it accept that the establishment of the State of Israel affected not just Jews but also Judaism itself?