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07/24/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It was a tough week on the news ticker for parents.  First came the heinous attack on an Israeli tour bus in Bulgaria, followed only days later by the incomprehensible tragedy in Colorado. Questions of how to talk to our children about these headlines have weighed heavily ever since.
 

07/24/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Perhaps spurred by the trial over Michael Jackson’s death, there has been increasing concern over what is being called a painkiller epidemic. A Los Angeles Times found that deaths from prescription pain medication far surpass those from heroin and cocaine combined. An estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic physical pain, and countless more are facing emotional distress. Many of them are people are doing all they can to deaden their torment, and their doctors are obliging.

We are witnessing the Numbing of America. 

07/24/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At the Pittsburgh General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) earlier this month, a motion to adopt a boycott of three companies for doing business with Israel was hotly debated and narrowly defeated.  At this Christian gathering, a group of “young Jewish activists” provided important “testimony” supporting the motion to isolate and demonize Israel. 

07/19/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

 

Quick, what’s the fastest growing part of the Jewish community, or at least the New York metro area’s Jewish community? Orthodox? They’re growing, but not the fastest. Conservative? Nah. Reform? Not anymore. Reconstructionist? Nope.

According to the recently released study of the NY Jewish community, the group that has doubled its share of the community, growing from just 15% to a whopping 37% is [drum roll, please]…OTHER. That’s right, “other”. [Source: Jewish Community Study of New York, page 121].

07/18/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At 7:30 am on a recent Sunday, I spoke to more than 100 Presbyterians at their General Assembly in Pittsburgh.  I was one of two Jewish voices opposing their divestment resolution.  I had been urged to attend by colleagues in the organized Jewish community.  My voice, I was told, would be particularly helpful because of my work at J Street, advocating for a two-state solution.  

07/17/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

National service is in the news, given the finding by Israel’s Supreme Court that the Tal Law, which grants army exemption to ultra-Orthodox young men of draft age, is not constitutional.

As a new draft law is being hammered out, Israel is grappling with the fact that 400 Torah scholars who benefited from Ben-Gurion’s exemption in 1949 have become 58,000 today.