Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/08/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A young cab driver in Israel was shocked when a historian friend of mine mentioned to him the difficulty of fighting Egypt during the War of Independence in 1948.

“Egypt?” the man asked in amazement. “Egypt was our enemy?”

03/01/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

After Egypt’s wondrous revolution the Middle East will never be the same again. Egypt is so large and so consequential that such profound political change there is bound to impact everything, including the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Is it a threat to peacemaking or an opportunity?

03/01/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Since the tragic shootings in Tucson, there has been considerable conversation about Rep. Gabriele Giffords’ status as a Jew. Giffords, who has identified strongly as a Jew, is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother. Her choice to consider herself Jewish represents just one of the various ways that individuals now opt in.

03/01/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

One of the hardest jobs in any school is being on the scholarship committee. Balancing a family’s real or perceived financial need with a fiduciary responsibility to one’s school is a tricky task. If the committee is too stingy, a child may not be able to get the education he deserves. Conversely, if it is too generous, a school may not be able to endure (or to meet its obligations to teachers and staff). If there was ever a thankless job, this is it.

02/22/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Congressional hearings on homegrown terrorism, focusing on how al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations seek to radicalize Muslims in the U.S., are a welcome development. This initiative by Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, does not come out of the blue.

02/22/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

“Be spirited like a tiger...” (Pirkei Avot 5:18)

 

While an enormous amount of ink has been spilt (or really, writer’s cramp contracted and blog entries logged) in reaction to the “Tiger Mom” phenomenon and its challenge to Western styles of parenting, one area has been woefully neglected. We know all about Amy Chua’s external attitude toward parenting. But what about her internal life as a parent?