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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

09/30/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The holidays are over. Through the fasting and food, the succession of pageant, discomfort, reconciliation and exultation, a single moment continues to stands out. Every year for more than 30 years I have found the Yom Kippur afternoon service Torah reading unnerving — and this year I did not.

09/30/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I was 20 minutes into my set. The audience? Rolling — I had them in the palm of my hand. It was a shul fundraiser in Jacksonville, Fla., 300-plus people in the room, and I was, as they say in comedy, “killing.” In a matter of seconds I would launch into my favorite string of jokes, the ones about how, as a kid, I sold Barton’s Candy door-to-door to gentiles to raise money for my Jewish day school …

09/29/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In the last two weeks we have witnessed potentially historic diplomacy in the Middle East. One hopes that this yields a safer Middle East and lessens the likelihood of the United States or Israel engaging in dangerous military operations. As the President pursues diplomacy with Syria and Iran, the U.S. Congress must reaffirm the tough policy positions that have gotten us to this point.

09/24/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Here’s my end of Elul routine: I drive out to the cemetery to visit my mother’s grave, and on the way, I drive past the house where I grew up.

09/23/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A   place where the guy at the local falafel greets you with a “ma nishma?”(what’s new?); where the neighborhood Aroma Café feels like is like your living room as you browse through the day’s Haaretz or Yedioth; where the streets are filled with music from the local chapter of Tzofim (Israeli scouts); and where the cultural offerings range from an Idan Raichel performance to a community theater production of Moshe Samir’s “He Walked through the Fields” — only in Israel, right?

09/22/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Nairobi, Kenya — As the terrorist attack enters its third endless day at Westgate, an upscale mall in the center of the city, with the death toll reaching 70, and the terrorists still holed up with an unknown number of hostages, I sit in my new home glued to the television and wondering just how on earth I ended up here.