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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

09/06/2016 - 15:02 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

For years, products and services talked about differences. Tastier, faster, bigger, the most graduates who made Harvard, the percentage who married Jews. All are claims.

09/06/2016 - 10:44 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The end of any presidential term is an appropriate time for assessment and analysis. One of the major issues that we Jews continue to be concerned about is the current state of anti-Semitism, which has surged to unprecedented post-World War II levels. This leads to the frequently asked question: Beyond private organizations and activists who struggle with today’s manifestations of history’s oldest hate, what exactly is the U.S. government doing to combat anti-Semitism?

08/30/2016 - 18:27 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I recently received an office visit from an Orthodox Jewish patient in my pulmonology practice whose life was saved with a lung transplant. There is nothing more satisfying and dramatic than seeing someone who not long ago was suffocating to death from an incurable lung disease return to my office without the need for oxygen, radiating health and life, accompanied by his or her overjoyed family. These rejuvenated patients have been given the gift of life-saving organs from a brain-dead patient whose family allowed the donation.

08/30/2016 - 17:45 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In recent years, a dramatic social, political and legal struggle has been waged against the charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, “society of scholars” in Israel, those who devote their lives to Torah study.

08/23/2016 - 11:33 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Ever since the first exile of the Jewish people in 586 BCE, there have been multiple centers of Jewry. While most elements of Jewish life were centralized during the first temple era, everything changed when the leaders of the Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia.

08/16/2016 - 17:35 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The contrast between what is legally permissible and what is right was put into sharp relief in a recent ruling by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal regarding Holocaust restitution. The court upheld the constitutionality of legislation that would limit the rights of claimants in Warsaw.