Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

04/07/2015 | | Opinion

On Oct.2, 2002, President George W. Bush asked and received authorization from Congress to go to war with Iraq.  Just one month before, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Congress saying, “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations in the region.”  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

04/07/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

When we received early tickets for the musical “Hamilton” at the Public Theater, I had doubts about going. What do I know about hip-hop music? I said to my husband. Give me Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim — they write songs I can relate to, but hip-hop with its rap lyrics, the musical form in this play, is for a different generation. Then the reviews came out, all raves, and we decided to dip our toes into the hip-hop waters. Boy, were we glad we did. The production is sheer delight, the music powerful, the lyrics brilliant.

04/07/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In April 1988, as the first intifada was in full swing, I was a 19-year-old student at Columbia University. 

04/06/2015 | | Opinion

Millennia ago, before rabbis existed or conversion was invented, thousands who were not born Jewish became part of the Jewish community through a very simple act: They married a Jew.

04/02/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Holocaust educators know that some numbers are almost impossible to comprehend: six million Jews; 11 million people; 1.5 million children, 1.1 of them Jewish. But if you tell me one person’s story, then I can begin to understand.

03/31/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Each year on Passover, I get chills when we recount the plagues against Egypt: Blood, boils, hail, and death of first born children represent the stuff of horror films. And yet, the second plague tends to stand out for me. “The Nile shall swarm with frogs and they shall come up and enter your palace, your bedchamber, and your bed, the houses of your courtiers and your people, and your ovens and your kneading bowls” [Exodus 7:28].