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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

07/26/2016 - 10:30 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A huddle of people — some with beards and tallit bags, and others with short skirts and cellphones — slapped the bar mitzvah boy on the back, congratulating him on a job well done. As soon as the beards turned away, the cellphones clandestinely slipped the New Jewish Man checks for $180. The boy — let’s call him Matthew — had mumbled his way through a Torah portion (which he did not understand) well enough to become a Jewish young adult in a synagogue he had been visiting twice a week for the past few months.

07/25/2016 - 12:48 | | Opinion

Thousands of Israelis joined together for the annual March for Pride and Tolerance the other day. To many, Jerusalem might seem like an odd location for a Pride March -- when you say “gay” and “Israel,” most people likely conjure up the images of speedos and techno music associated with Tel Aviv, not those associated with more conservative and polarized Jerusalem.

07/25/2016 - 10:33 | | Opinion

I am not someone who sees an anti-Semite under every rock.  Nor do I think that every person expressing noxious views is an updated version of Adolf Hitler.  In fact, I find the invoking of Hitler and all things Nazi to explain—or explain away—behavior, to be deeply offensive.  You see, I am missing many branches of my family tree thanks to the treachery and murderous behavior of actual Nazis and their accomplices.

07/20/2016 - 15:44 | | Opinion

For six months my friends and I have been working on bringing Jews to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24, the day before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. At the march we will demand political leadership for a rapid and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

07/19/2016 - 15:09 | | 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 Sephardic chattan (groom). 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.

07/19/2016 - 13:02 | | 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.