Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/02/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Staff writer Steve Lipman’s article, “South African ‘Shabbat Project’ Comes To U.S.”
(Oct. 17), correctly notes that the overwhelming majority of
participants in the Shabbos Project were Orthodox communities, but that Great 
Neck included some exceptions, including Reform synagogue Temple Beth El and
 Conservative Temple Israel of Great Neck.

12/02/2014 | | Opinion

A Swiss museum’s pledge this week to conduct a full search into the provenance of some 1,600 works of art it plans to accept from the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of one of Hitler’s main art dealers, once again has thrust the issue of Holocaust art restitution into the headlines.

12/02/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Professors Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer shared their assessment of the “Shrinking Jewish Middle And How To Expand It” (Opinion, Nov. 14), and not surprisingly, they focused on what Conservative and Reform synagogues should do to reverse the trend.

11/26/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Sheldon Adelson recently implied that Israel does not need to be a democracy, pointing out that there is no mention of the term in the Bible and that “God did not talk about Israel remaining democratic.”

While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron. The importance of the city in Jewish history is undeniable. It is where, according to belief, the patriarchs are buried; where Abraham settled when he reached the Land of Israel, and where King David was crowned.  For that reason, Hebron is the place where Israel’s character as a Jewish state should be examined, specifically where the meaning of Israel’s Jewish identity manifests daily.

11/25/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The revelation that one of the most respected rabbis in our community is alleged to be an abusive peeping tom has come as a shock. Unfortunately, the allegations against Rabbi Barry Freundel in Washington, D.C., are but the latest in a long string of abuse cases that have come to light over the past few decades. The one thing that they all have in common is that they all had warning signs. There were always things that did not seem right or behavior that was bizarre. Many people were holding pieces of the puzzle but there was no one to put them all together. This is the crux of the crisis facing our community. How do we protect our children and institutions from those who seek to abuse others?

11/25/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Tensions between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens have risen dramatically in the wake of the Gaza war last summer and the recent violence in and around Jerusalem, especially the murderous attack on the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood. This is not unexpected. Those who carried out the synagogue attack came not from Gaza or the West Bank, but from Jerusalem.