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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/18/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Our Jewish story is one of migration. Our Jewish American story is one of receiving safe refuge on this nation’s shores.  From our seminal Exodus saga to our waves of aliyah, we are a people who know the feeling of being expelled and freed, welcomed and rejected. Today in America, we Jews experience the freedom and prosperity most of our ancestors never knew. Our current fortune confronts us with a question: what are we going to do with the freedom we have been given? How will we to channel the prosperity we enjoy?

05/18/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Celebrity Angelina Jolie's recent decision to opt for prophylactic surgery after she determined she is a carrier of a mutation in the BRCA1 gene has prompted media attention the world over. Media descriptions of her “Jewish gene”, however, are misguided. 

05/16/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Kudos to Angelina Jolie for revealing her BRCA status to the world and for undergoing a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy that may well have saved her life.  With that one op-ed, she single-handedly did more to promote awareness about BRCA gene mutations than all her BRCA buddies—myself included—could collectively do in a lifetime.

05/13/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As summer break approaches for American college students, thousands of our Jewish peers across the country will embark on their first visits to Israel through Taglit-Birthright. This program, which has brought almost 300,000 Jewish young adults to Israel over the past 13 years, free of charge, hopes to leave participants with a lasting love for Israel and a stronger connection to Judaism.

05/13/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Birthright Israel, the free 10-day trip to the Jewish state for 18- to 26-year-olds, is a great project. It enables scores of people to visit Israel, many of whom would otherwise never have the opportunity.

05/12/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

My father, of blessed memory, would have loved New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.  Commissioner Kelly is sensitive to the need to preserve and protect civil liberties, but he also recognizes that a society must first and foremost ensure the safety of its citizens.  My dad used to say that political correctness takes open mindedness to the extreme -- where people’s brains fall out and they stop thinking rationally.  He was also devoted to the safety of his family, which he taught me; being alert, observant and lucky.