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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

04/20/2016 - 09:02 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Anyone seeking evidence of the contempt of the American Jewish left for the State of Israel, its society and citizenry, should closely contemplate New Israel Fund’s CEO Daniel Sokatch’s attempt to justify the heinous actions of the NIF’s heavily funded NGO, Breaking the Silence (“The Smear With A Hebrew Accent,” Opinion, April 8).

04/19/2016 - 15:42 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Any college student who has been to Israel and fell in love with it like I did has been in my shoes.

04/12/2016 - 19:20 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Back in my lithe teenage years, I used to Israeli dance with the best of them — that is, whenever I wasn’t nursing a sprained ankle caused by my congenital flat-footedness. OK, I admit it; while I thought I was pretty good, I reminded people less of Rudolph Nureyev than those dancing hippopotami in “Fantasia.” In fact, it was my stirring rendition of a gushing water sprinkler in Hora Mamtera that convinced the Israeli government to go all-in for drip irrigation. But I loved Israeli dance nonetheless.

04/12/2016 - 16:38 | | Opinion

This is the time of year when I usually get depressed. No, it’s not because I have a biochemical seasonal diagnosis. I call it Post Traumatic Grossinger’s Disorder. And I know I’m not the only person who suffers from it. Every year before Pesach, I speak to my cousins with whom my parents, sister, and I shared a Passover table at Grossinger’s, the famed Catskills resort. They agree. Passover has never been the same since Grossinger’s passed. And when I speak with Esther, the friend with whom I spent hours upon hours roaming the lobbies of “The Big G,” she is equally melancholy. And it’s not because she’s slaving over a hot stove preparing seders at home. Each year she flies for the holiday to locations far more exotic and luxurious than our digs were in Liberty, NY.

04/07/2016 - 12:16 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

With the drumbeat of the approaching Passover holiday growing ever louder, I am trying to put aside my obsession with the election campaign and turn my attention inward, to the Jewish world. With that in mind I went up to the Jewish Theological Seminary, the center of Conservative Judaism, to chat with its chancellor, Arnold Eisen. That branch of Judaism has been my home for most of my life, and the seminary, where I studied during my college years, the source of much of my Jewish knowledge. In those days the Conservative movement was the largest of the Jewish religious denominations, far surpassing the Orthodox and Reform. That has changed, with the Reform leading in numbers, the Conservative in second place, and the Orthodox growing at the fastest pace. I wanted to know more about that and about the thinking of Conservative’s current leaders. Chancellor Eisen has headed the movement for nine years and is a passionate spokesman for it.

04/07/2016 - 10:55 | | Opinion

Last week I found myself sitting in a hip, subterranean Jewish bar listening to a dynamic young man who founded a successful, international Jewish arts festival. He apologized that his voice was a little weak—not because of an early-spring cold, but because he had just undergone brit milah.