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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/06/2016 - 12:22 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

What was it Candide ultimately decided? “We must cultivate our garden,” he declared, rejecting the superficial philosophy of his mentor Professor Pangloss that “all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.” After our brutal election campaign and the resulting bitter disappointment many of us suffered, I’ve come to agree with Candide that it’s time to put aside false hopes and focus on the things that are personally important to us. We, too, need to “cultivate our garden” by paying attention to matters close to home as well as to the broader causes we may care about. Along those lines, I’ve been thinking about synagogue life and, specifically, life in my synagogue.

12/06/2016 - 12:13 | | Opinion

Although I voted for Hillary Clinton — and President Obama twice — I am strongly committed to the notion that we all need to give President-elect Trump every opportunity to succeed.

12/06/2016 - 12:10 | | Opinion

Editor’s Note: At the suggestion of educator and Jewish Week columnist Erica Brown, a number of leading voices in the Jewish community were asked to write a letter reflecting their post-election thoughts. This is the third of three parts:
Dear Jewish Democrats,

12/05/2016 - 10:21 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

While Hillary Clinton captured 70 percent of the overall Jewish vote, as predicted, in last month’s election within Orthodox Jewish enclaves such as Borough Park, Brooklyn and Lawrence, L.I., President-elect Donald Trump won over 75 percent of the votes cast.

11/29/2016 - 16:12 | | Opinion

When the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn was founded in 1973, it had a worthy mission: to make healthy and affordable food available to everyone who wanted it. But recently, the Coop appears to have lost its way. In April, it suspended four loyal, long-time members for a whole year – three of them members from the Coop’s inception. The reason? Allegedly, the four disrupted a Coop meeting. But they were singled out from among hundreds of Coop members who vociferously objected to a hateful and bigoted anti-Israel presentation at a Coop meeting, which was aimed at getting the Coop to boycott an Israeli company called SodaStream.

11/29/2016 - 16:11 | | Under Secretary of Defense (2001-2004) | Opinion

I know that some, perhaps many, of you were aghast when Donald Trump was elected. Put that behind you. We have only one president, and whether we voted for him or not (I did not), we must do everything we can to support him. He is not only the leader of our country, he is the leader of the free world. His success is our success, and the world’s success.