The People vs. Moses
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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

02/24/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Oscar Wilde once said, “I can resist anything, except temptation.”

Following the series of agency problems that have rocked the New York Jewish community, many find it extremely hard to resist the temptation to pin the responsibility for these situations on UJA-Federation.

02/19/2015 | | Opinion

People like to say that living in New York transforms us into creatures who are cut from the toughest cloth, but I have Israel to thank for my most fortifying experiences. I’ve lived and worked there during a time of war, have felt and seen rockets explode overhead, have hiked through miles of hidden villages and have gotten thoroughly lost in the crevices of her old cities. The most transformative night I’ve had in the country, however, happened not at the Kotel or Masada, but on a still December evening in an unassuming village near Dimona.

02/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In recent years, the Jewish community has become increasingly concerned with how Israel is perceived on American college campuses. I am asked frequently, mostly by anxious members of the community, about possible solutions to the problem. Throughout my career of more than 20 years, I have taken the situation on campus very seriously, as have many of my colleagues. I’ve had the privilege of visiting and lecturing at numbers of universities and colleges throughout North America. In my visits, I regularly meet not only top administrators and faculty but also campus activists and students. Here’s what I’ve learned:

02/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

We’ve all heard the old Jewish joke about the man alone on the desert island who builds two synagogues — one where he prays and the other where he wouldn’t walk in, even if you paid him.

02/12/2015 | | Blueprint Editor | Opinion

When Jon Stewart announced that he would be retiring from "The Daily Show" during Tuesday's live taping, audience members and later on the millions of viewers watching could only hope it was just another joke. However, those waiting for a punch line should get comfortable.

02/11/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Never let the competition define you. Never peg your own identity to a rival. Never allow the other side to dictate your character and never abdicate your own individuality and uniqueness.