Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/21/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Earlier this month, my family gathered for a festive Chanukah celebration. We shared a delicious meal, exchanged gifts and enjoyed the warm light of the Chanukah candles.

Yet for many in the Jewish community, Chanukah felt different. With not enough money to spend on gifts, put holiday food on the table or even pay the heating bill, these families went without special festivities, something that would have been unimaginable for many of them only a few years ago.

12/21/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Many of Israel’s friends on the left tell us how truly concerned they are about Israel’s image in the West. These friends are also concerned that Israel, by not taking the required risks for peace, is setting herself up for disaster. Israel, they warn us, will become an apartheid state, or be overwhelmed demographically by Palestinian Arabs, and or have all her population centers hit by rockets.

12/16/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

A unique event occurred in the Old City of Jerusalem on December 7th – foreign armies marched through the narrow alleys of the ancient city – parading fast towards the Western Wall.

12/16/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Jews don’t celebrate Christmas, but it feels like everyone else does. And this “December Dilemma” forces us, as Jews living in a Christian country, to confront some difficult questions.

First of all, what do Jews think of Christianity? This isn’t an academic question. When Christmas is front and center in streets, stores and television screens, religious differences become part of the family conversation. I can remember my own children at a young age asking me, in their own words, “why did the Jews reject Christianity?”

12/15/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Times of crisis are inevitably accompanied by controversy. The very public finger-pointing that is underway in Israel regarding the recent devastating fire in the Carmel is to be expected. The arguments between Israel’s national and regional authorities, as well as central agencies in the non-profit sector, create a lot of media noise but they also must be seen as part of an invaluable process of introspection, which, it can be hoped, will lead to improvements and changes in fire and crisis readiness.

12/14/2010 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

Israel is roiled once again in sad and needless moral controversy. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Safed, son of former Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu, and with the support of 49 other rabbis, has ruled that it is forbidden by Jewish law for Israeli Jews to sell or rent property to an Arab.