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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

08/25/2015 | | Opinion

The Jewish year ending in a few days was marked by severe erosion in Israel's strategic positioning in a geo-political world in rapid transformation. There are two components in such erosion, an external one globally defining relations between the countries of the world and Israel, and an inner one reflecting Israel's response to these challenges and, unavoidably, also involving the Jewish diaspora. The hook to which we can hang the whole story is undoubtedly the Vienna agreement of July 14 (the anniversary of the French Revolution) between the representatives of the world powers and Iran on the future development of Iranian nuclear capabilities.

08/25/2015 | | Opinion

The horrifying stabbings and murder of Shira Banki at the recent Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem are in no way representative of the Orthodox Judaism I live and breathe.  Yet, that horrifying incident should give all of us in the Modern Orthodox community pause, and cause, to rethink the stance we take, and the message we send about homosexuality and LGBT Jews. It calls for a fundamental change in the way we interact with these men and women of our community— our children, our siblings, our congregants.  We must do it because it is right. And we must do it because the alternative to such a change has become too great to bear.

08/20/2015 | | Opinion

There was a time, wrote the Yiddish author I.L. Peretz, a terrible time, when the ghetto of Prague was under assault.  For the Jews had received word that their women were about to be raped, their children about to be burned alive, and their men about to be slaughtered.  Just when the situation seemed beyond hope and the end imminent, the great Maharal of Prague, Rabbi Yehuda Loew, set aside his studies of the Gemara and went out into the street.  He went up to a large pile of clay, took it into his hands, and fashioned the image of a man.  The rabbi breathed into the nostrils of the golem, and the thing began to move.  Then he whispered into its ear the name of the Holy One, and the golem rose up.  The rabbi turned to go back into the house of prayer, and the golem turned to leave the ghetto.  Once outside the ghetto, the golem fell upon our enemies and attacked them without mercy.

08/20/2015 | | Opinion

I have been a fan of Daniel Sokatch since his days at the Progressive Jewish Alliance in Los Angeles, even before he became the C.E.O. of the New Israel Fund.

08/18/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Concluding the nuclear deal with Iran has intensified political arguments not only in Washington but also within the pro-Israel community. Many groups are devoting significant time and resources to opposing the agreement and attempting to prevent its approval by Congress out of a belief that it will leave both the United States and Israel less safe. In view of the political reality however, the energy being spent to fight it is misplaced.

08/18/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There is a wonderful phrase in Hebrew that drips with sardonic, Jewish wit. It is when someone says “gileta et America,” meaning “so you discovered America!” It is said to someone when they say something so obvious that everyone has known if for years, but the person who shared it put the thought out in a way that suggests that they were the first person to uncover this truth.