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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

08/05/2016 - 12:10 | | Opinion

To the members of the Black Lives Matter Movement:

08/02/2016 - 15:29 | | Opinion

Much has been written about conversion matters recently and too much of that has focused on the wrong issue – the virtues and vices of centralized or decentralized rabbinical courts.  Not enough attention has been given to the much more important systemic issues: standards of observance for conversion.

08/02/2016 - 10:26 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There is almost universal agreement that a two-state solution — Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and Palestine as a state for the Palestinians — is not going to happen in the foreseeable future. The question is: What should Israel do to deal with this reality? 

07/26/2016 - 12:49 | | Opinion

Keynoting a 1999 conference of Modern Orthodox Jews, a prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi began his remarks by stating “God forbid that we should have a halachic state.” Before continuing, he repeated the comment for emphasis.

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

David Bernstein has written an articulate defense of those who, like him, refuse to denounce the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, or, in some extreme cases, even admit that an occupation exists (“Why I Don’t Call Israel Out on the Occupation,” Opinion, July 8). He argues that simply calling for an immediate end to the occupation does not recognize the complexity of the situation and will not bring peace and security to Israel.

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.