Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

09/28/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Nothing endures like change.

— Heraclitus

 

The Anti-Defamation League announced this summer that the painting of a swastika — a symbol of anti-Jewish expression if there ever was one — would no longer automatically be considered an act of anti-Semitism.

What? The swastika? Not anti-Semitism?! In fact, many analysts of anti-Semitism have been making this point for years.

09/28/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Under relentless pressure by the Obama administration, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed, last November, to a one-sided one-time10-month Jewish construction freeze on the six percent of the West Bank where Jews live.

Since the Oslo accords were signed in 1993, Israel hasn't built a single new settlement and has only built within the settlement borders as of 1993.

09/28/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

We read with great interest Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg's online Opinion piece, "Time To End The Reform-Orthodox Wars "(August 31). Rabbi Rothenberg is reacting to very real and very troubling elements of the reality of modern Jewish life that affect all of us in negative ways.

While understanding the need for bridges to cross the abyss that exist among the pluralities of serious modern Jewish expression, he worries that the depths of antipathy will make this nearly impossible.

Our collective experience would suggest otherwise.

09/21/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The national anger found among the electorate concerns the economy, jobs, health care reform and foreign policy. In addition to recent primary victories around the country by Tea Party candidates, several national polls point to the depth of the public’s anger. A Fox News Poll from June noted that 83 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Independents expressed dissatisfaction with the direction of the nation; in addition, 43 percent of Democrats expressed similar unhappiness with where the country is headed.

09/21/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In her Opinion piece, “Season Of Scandals” (Sept. 10), Erica Brown bemoaned what she referred to as a “rash” of scandals in the Jewish community, a condition that prompted her to write her new book, “Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things.”

09/21/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

In the theater of the absurd that is too often the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will participate in a meeting on disarmament when he attends the 65th session of the General Assembly this week. This is a figure who has united much of the international community to condemn his regime’s nuclear program. And somehow, the United Nations will welcome him at discussions on disarmament. The hypocrisy meter is on overdrive.