Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

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.

05/10/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A “Jewish” Haiku circulating on the Internet:

Testing the warm milk
on her wrist, she sighs softly
But her son is forty.

05/10/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The assault on Israel’s legitimacy has taken the Jewish people by surprise and driven a wedge between Israelis and many Jewish communities. Commonly referred to as delegitimization, the aim of the campaign is to deny the right of the Jewish people to self-determination and deny the right of the State of Israel to exist. Yet like most challenges, this one also presents a new opportunity: to reconnect across the dividing lines in our communities and to re-engage with Israel in new ways.

05/09/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

It is once again that time of year; our three young children – along with many others - are sorting through the ever-growing collection of Israeli flags to adorn our home for Israel's Independence Day (May 10). Our children are proud young Jewish-Israelis, free to celebrate the Jewish People's modern triumph of democratic state-building.

Yet, even as we celebrate, as Israeli adults entrusted with our children's futures, we are obliged to take a closer look at Israeli society and act boldly for the well-being of future generations.

05/05/2011 | | Opinion

Since negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians have stalled, it’s becoming fashionable to discuss an “easy fix” of unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state. But the “easy fix” attempts an end run around a negotiated settlement, which is the only route through which a settlement could possibly be reached.

A Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) would bypass peace talks entirely.

05/03/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As the work of UJA-Federation of New York continues to evolve, connecting young Jews to feeling part of the Jewish people and close to Israel has become increasingly important. Surprisingly, though, we discovered that there is a chasm between deeply involved and engaged Jewish social activists here in North America and Israeli counterparts who are engaged in very similar work. There has been little or no relationship between these parallel communities. So we are bringing them together.