Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/24/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Imagine yourself in February at the first hour of Birthright Israel registration, joining with 10,000 other North Americans. That number swells to 20,00 within 24 hours and 40,000 when registration closes just a week later. Will you be selected for that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Or will you be placed on the waiting list? Again!

05/20/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

President Obama’s advisors wanted him to get out in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress on Monday. So they preempted Bibi’s own peace proposal by having Obama call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, give or take a few land swaps.

05/17/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Rabbi Daniel Gordis has maligned a generation of rabbinical students as being insufficiently Zionist (“Alienation From Israel Is Hitting Liberal Seminaries,” Editor’s column, May 6). Because I know and respect these students, I find his criticism to be not only inaccurate but also insulting to people who have collectively dedicated their lives to spreading the love of God, Torah, and Israel.

05/17/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last week, a German court confirmed that while John Demjanjuk may not have been Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka, he most certainly was Ivan the Very Bad of Sobibor.

05/17/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

 It turns out that much of the tragic devastation that has so desolated Japan could have been avoided. More importantly, this is not Monday-morning quarterbacking — nor is it future projection on the magic potential of “what if” technology, or wishful 20/20 hindsight.

In fact there is no technology involved; the solution assumes that a tsunami, once triggered, cannot be stopped or averted and the answer was in plain sight for all to see.

05/16/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Once upon a time, there was a family, the Isaacs, that lived in a little house. A big bully, from a land far away, came along and threw almost all of the family members out. Some stayed and never left. For many, many years most members of the Isaac family were forced to wander from place to place, often being treated very badly by their neighbors. All the while they yearned for the day they might return to their beloved little house. Alas, they thought this dream could never be achieved.