Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

04/18/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I have given a lot of talks to Jewish groups on making the case for Israel, and there’s only one constant: people in the audience who think they have the argument that can, once and for all, obliterate the anti-Israel position.

With 25 years of experience, I’ve tried them all.  Rest assured there are no silver bullets. And those who tell you differently underestimate how difficult it is to alter a viewpoint, particularly one on the political left. 

04/18/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Israel needs a strong America, engaged and projecting power in the Middle East, especially at this time of great political instability. But what if the United States doesn’t want to lead? What if the U.S. is downsizing its involvement in the region? What if America is befuddled by a confused foreign policy prism? These would be troublesome developments.

04/12/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

A quiet revolution is taking place in the second generation of women's Torah study. Originally women's Talmud learning was modeled after the male yeshiva: students were detached from the surrounding world and were expected to confine themselves to the Beit Midrash in order to achieve a total absorption into the world of Torah. There was also methodological aping: analyses that required a thumb stirring the air and intellectual hair splitting of the Talmudic topics dominated.

04/12/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

During the 20th century, Jews suffered terribly under right-wing, chauvinistic and nationalist governments, whether in Romania, Poland, Hungary between the two world wars or in Germany after 1933. Historically speaking, Jews have flourished and achieved success under liberal democratic regimes.

04/12/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As Steve and Cokie Roberts, the journalists and authors, have crisscrossed the country promoting their new interfaith Haggadah and celebrating interfaith marriage as “the new normal,” I’ve been thinking back on my encounter with Steve in 2008.

04/08/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Forty-three years ago this month, our nation watched the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The images were seared into our minds, along with the sense that our nation had lost a beacon of hope in the ongoing struggle for racial and economic justice. Though he had lived to see many important advances and constitutional guarantees for all Americans regardless of race or creed, Dr. King was murdered before he had made much progress toward another vitally important goal: economic justice.