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10/12/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Gossip has so infected cyberspace that in just a few months, two young students killed themselves because of it. Two weeks ago a Rutgers freshman jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and another student used a hidden camera to view him during an intimate moment with a man, and stream it onto the Internet for all to see. Before that, a high school teenager hanged herself when classmates mocked and bullied her online.

10/12/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

This past spring, my partner and I moved to Cincinnati. Soon after we arrived, an Orthodox synagogue in town prohibited our attendance. The rabbi of the shul called apologetically to inform us that the ruling had come from a rabbi whose authority exceeded his own. I decided to call this rabbi, who is the head of a prominent yeshiva and a respected halachic authority. I wanted to meet him personally to discuss the decision with him. He agreed to speak with me on the phone.

10/12/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Dear Friends,

Like many in North America I was saddened by the recent suicide of Rutgers University freshmen Tyler Clementi. I feel for his family and friends. May their memories of him be a comfort.

As I have been reflecting on the events that led to his death and discussing it with my family, friends, and colleagues, a few thoughts come to mind. I'd like to share them with you because I know you are also thinking about this tragedy.

10/05/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

 

So now CNN host Rick Sanchez has added his name to the long list of public figures, here and abroad, who accuse the Jews of control, in this case of control of the television news business. Others gear the accusation to the media in general or the entertainment world or government or the international economy.

 

10/05/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

A 2009 study by the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies predicts that during the next decade 65 percent of mid- and upper-level management of Jewish organizations will retire and their replacements will increasingly be non-Jewish. That’s quite a radical concept to those of us who believe in the “soul” of our organizations.

10/05/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

 Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, has long been treated by much of the world as a kind of ideological disease. “Zionism is racism” is not merely a cliché in a now-defunct UN resolution, but is today a time-honored trope of the far left. If we hear less of the specific charges against Zionism it is only because the anti-Zionists have done such a thorough job in turning the word itself into a pejorative.