Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

02/28/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In a stunning about-face, and after decades of violence justified by excuses of being under occupation, Hamas recently admitted that Gaza is not occupied by Israel. And yet, the United Nations, which has long been reluctant to acknowledge Gaza’s change in status, is still silent on the issue.

02/21/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Sitting alongside thousands of New Yorkers in St. Peter’s Basilica, I was filled with pride and affection as I witnessed His Eminence Timothy M. Dolan’s elevation to the rank of cardinal.  

For those seeking insight into Cardinal Dolan’s direction for the future, his remarks to the College of Cardinals last Friday are well worth reading. For the Jewish community of New York, his speech also provides an intriguing new possibility for Jewish-Catholic cooperation.

02/21/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Better late, even extremely, excruciatingly late, than never.  MSNBC’s decision to oust Patrick Buchanan as its arch-conservative political commentator last week was long overdue.

02/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In a stunning about-face, and after decades of violence justified by excuses of being under occupation, Hamas recently admitted that Gaza is not occupied by Israel. And yet, the United Nations, which has long been reluctant to acknowledge Gaza’s change in status, is still silent on the issue.

02/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Rav Moshe Feinstein, widely regarded as the authoritative halachic authority for American Jewry until his death in 1986, was never known as a feminist. But he both understood and accepted feminism’s core moral claim.

02/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Think about this: Last week in synagogue we celebrated Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song. The name comes from the Song of the Sea the Israelites chanted after they miraculously crossed the Sea of Reeds. With joy and gratitude, they burst into song, and when the congregation as a whole finished, the women, led by Miriam, danced with their timbrels and sang the chorus again. Now, do you suppose the men turned their backs, so as not to see the women? Did they stuff their ears with sand, so as not to hear the women?