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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/18/2016 - 13:50 | | Opinion

The question:  Should we allow a large number of refugees to come to the United States to live?  The answer in a Gallup poll was 21 percent yes, 72 percent no, and seven percent had no opinion.  This is not about our response to the Syrian refugees today; it comes from a 1938 Gallup Poll about allowing European Jews into the U.S.

07/18/2016 - 10:17 | | Opinion

I applaud the portion of the Letter (Jewish Week, July 15) from Robert Book and Jay Schottenstein -- commenting on my op-ed piece, “Profaning History at Touro Synagogue” (July 8) – that claims to want Touro synagogue to remain, not a defunct, denuded museum but an active place of Jewish worship.  I applaud further that these two committed Jews do not deny that Touro should remain a place where prayer is paramount and where Jewish law requires the rimonim to stay in active use.  At the same time, although I forgive the inaccurate personal attacks on me, there are three factual errors that Book-Schottenstein make that deserve brief correction:

07/15/2016 - 12:49 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Reports from the recent Herzliya Conference have sparked renewed debate over whether the pro-Israel community should partner with J Street in the fight against BDS on America’s campuses. Those who support this partnership highlight Israel’s collapsing popularity among young progressives and argue that only J Street can provide the left-wing connections and credibility needed to compete for this cohort.

07/14/2016 - 16:54 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In April of this year, a rabbinic court in Petach Tikvah was approached by a convert of mine to open a file for marriage with her young, Sephardi, chattan.  When the court found out she was a giyoret (convert) she was informed that I was not known to the Petach Tikvah rabbis and that, therefore, she would have to undergo a second conversion in order to be married in Israel.

07/14/2016 - 16:23 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

David Bernstein has written an articulate defense of those who, like him, refuse to denounce the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, or in some extreme cases even admit that an occupation exists. (“Why I Don’t Call Israel Out on the Occupation,” Opinion, July 8) He argues that simply calling for an immediate end to the Occupation does not recognize the complexity of the situation and will not bring peace and security to Israel.

07/14/2016 - 16:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Although I had the privilege of hearing Elie Wiesel speak at least a dozen times and had the opportunity to once have a private meeting with him in conjunction with a book that I was writing, my thoughts about him actually relate to how much impact he had on those who never met the man.