Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

11/30/2010 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

As we celebrate Chanukah 5771, we also begin to wind up the first decade of the 21st century, and what a decade it has been. America went to war and remains at war to this day. Israel and the Palestinians are still unable to make peace. The economy, both at home and in most of the developed world, is shaky, with most of us still wondering exactly how close we came to another Great Depression, and some still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

11/30/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

I was scheduling a lifecycle event with a congregant the other day and we ran into a snag having to do with his 27-year-old daughter's vacation schedule. "Oh, sorry rabbi," he said, "that weekend will be impossible. Amy will be trekking in Vietnam."

Come again?

11/30/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The great American bar/bat mitzvah has become a source of parody in Jewish life. The 13-year-olds are at the most awkward stage of their lives with hormones raging. Anywhere from 10 to 50 friends might be invited who then sit in the sanctuary with no interest in the service and little clue as what is transpiring. The relatives and friends of the parents are polite but often sit stoically, unnerved by the unfamiliarity of the surroundings.

11/30/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Cheshvan, the Hebrew month between Tishrei and now Kislev, is famous for not having any Jewish holidays in it, and yet the New York Jewish community used it to celebrate. Moreover, the nature and scope of this celebration holds encouraging news for our community and its ability to engage its members.

11/30/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

A recent Opinion piece,  “Exclude Me At Your Own Peril” (Oct. 26) by a fellow Columbia University student, depicted the ostensible fragmentation and dissolution of the pro-Israel movement, especially a Columbia. It described the necessity to acknowledge the conflict at home - referring to the growing division in the Jewish community concerning Israel and Israeli policy - before addressing the conflict abroad.

I write today to tell a very different story.

11/29/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

In recent weeks, a number of prominent Jewish intellectuals have been publicly praising Sarah Palin. This despite a recent poll, reported by veteran analyst James Besser (Nov. 26), that well-educated Jews appear to be overwhelmingly opposed to Palin. How do we explain this discrepancy?