Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/17/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Rabbi Daniel Gordis has maligned a generation of rabbinical students as being insufficiently Zionist (“Alienation From Israel Is Hitting Liberal Seminaries,” Editor’s column, May 6). Because I know and respect these students, I find his criticism to be not only inaccurate but also insulting to people who have collectively dedicated their lives to spreading the love of God, Torah, and Israel.

05/17/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last week, a German court confirmed that while John Demjanjuk may not have been Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka, he most certainly was Ivan the Very Bad of Sobibor.

05/17/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

 It turns out that much of the tragic devastation that has so desolated Japan could have been avoided. More importantly, this is not Monday-morning quarterbacking — nor is it future projection on the magic potential of “what if” technology, or wishful 20/20 hindsight.

In fact there is no technology involved; the solution assumes that a tsunami, once triggered, cannot be stopped or averted and the answer was in plain sight for all to see.

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.