Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/22/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of essays on Zionist thinkers and doers, in Israel and outside, who are pioneering new understandings of what Jewish nationalism can mean in the 21st century.

How fitting that Ruth Gavison, a legal expert in the areas of human and civil rights and constitutional law, was awarded the Israel Prize this week, cited for grappling “exhaustively and courageously with forming Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state.”

03/22/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Since the beginning of January, I have been on a tour of North America and have seen over 400 Conservative rabbis face-to-face or conducted extensive phone interviews with them.

What am I looking for?

I have been reaching out to my colleagues with the question: “As a rabbi, what are you are trying to accomplish in your community? How does your Torah inspire your community to bring change in their lives and the world?” In the aggregate, their stories are a lens on the Conservative movement today.

03/16/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

We love the Maccabeats. Like most of their day school friends, our kids have been singing “Candlelight” since December.

03/15/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Amid the tens of thousands who have been demonstrating in Moslem countries from Libya to Yemen and Bahrain, no anti-Israel signs could be seen on TV screens, nor have news media reported any Israel-related demands from the protesters.

03/15/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Six years into the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, no one would argue that the Church’s relations with the Jewish people during his tenure have been characterized by ups and downs, positives and negatives, seeming to suggest an unevenness in his approach so far toward Catholic-Jewish relations.

But one historic gesture earlier this month registered as a complete positive for the Church’s relations with Jews — the publication of Pope Benedict’s new book, “Jesus of Nazareth, Volume II.”

03/15/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I first heard of Rabbi Yitz Greenberg some 45 years ago when a high school rosh yeshiva, recognizing my fascination both with history and with the then-emerging Orthodox left, encouraged me to take Rabbi Greenberg’s courses at Yeshiva University. This month I was privileged to host a reception at the American Jewish Committee honoring the rabbi and educator’s career upon the publication of a festschrift, a volume of scholarly essays in tribute to him marking four decades of intellectual leadership and Jewish public service.