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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/11/2016 - 15:54 | | Opinion

“The history of every people fixes its eye upon a particular moment in which its qualities and attributes shine forth with special radiance,” wrote Abba Eban in 1952.  For us, “the time was the sequel to the Second World War, which left the Jewish people battered and bleeding.... Here was a people which had seen six million of its kinsmen butchered and slaughtered in Europe.  The institutions of Jewish life and culture lay about them in ruin.... Any observer would have been forgiven for thinking that this must be the end of the tormented journey of the Jewish people across the face of history.  How could any people under the impact of such a blow...summon out the energy with which to survive, still less the special resilience required to exhort its life to new levels of achievement and of sacrifice.... Yet within three years of that lowest point in Jewish fortunes, the whole Jewish commonwealth had been re-established after 2,000 years, its flag fluttered in the great circle of banners which symbolized the freedom and equality of all peoples on earth.... Jewish history in our lifetime will forever be dominated by this most fantastic transition from the depths of paralyzing despair to unexpected pinnacles of sovereignty, pride, and achievement.”

05/10/2016 - 16:19 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The transition between Passover and Israel’s Independence Day (May 12 this year) is a symbolic transition from a holiday that centers on Godly miracles to a holiday that centers on human actions. There, in Egypt, we are told in effect, “God will fight for you while you keep silent.” Here, in the State of Israel, we are not to be silenced: We are active participants, taking our destiny into our own hands. 

05/10/2016 - 10:19 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Sorry, Donald Trump, I’m going to play the woman card in this month’s column. As the Jewish community looks ahead to its next big religious holiday, Shavuot, coming in June, the story of two women stands out as one of the most endearing features of the celebration.

05/06/2016 - 10:47 | | Opinion

Should all children's playgrounds be made as safe as possible, or should some be denied safety improvements because of bigotry?  This question is at the core of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year.  We at the Orthodox Union argued to the justices that they must strike down an antiquated anti-religious amendment to state constitutions for the safety and well-being of America's religious citizens.

05/03/2016 - 16:19 | | Opinion

Today, there are more displaced persons worldwide than we have seen since World War II, and more fear of “the other” than I have ever seen in this country in my lifetime. We must take action to welcome refugees.

05/03/2016 - 12:19 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

After I began working with Holocaust survivors at a specialized clinic at Mount Sinai in 1993, I wondered if it would be meaningful for our program to formally commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day, May 5 this year). When I brought up this idea, a patient remarked: “If you really want to do something special for us, arrange a day where we could forget about the Holocaust.”