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01/19/2016 - 10:27 | | RNS | Opinion

I’m Jewish. And while it’s true I wasn’t born in New York City to native New York parents, which according to English common law precludes my being considered a natural-born New Yorker, I grew up in Montclair, N.J., from which my father commuted into the City every day to work, eventually at The New York Times.

01/18/2016 - 13:05 | | Opinion

This Martin Luther King birthday holiday, a new nihilism is gripping the African-American community. As the accolades for Ta-Nehisi Coates mount – a MacArthur “genius” grant, the National Book Award – is anyone willing to defend what he mocks as “The Dream?”

01/14/2016 - 12:27 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

“The greatest triumphs of propaganda,” wrote Aldous Huxley, “have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.”

01/12/2016 - 19:29 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It was truly an extraordinary moment. The majestic doors of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side opened one evening last month and in walked Her Highness, Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, accompanied by an impressive entourage of Moroccan dignitaries. The 700 guests — Jews, Christians and Muslims — rose in respect as she made her way down the center aisle, her royal kaftan beautifully decorated with Moroccan Jewish designs. 

01/12/2016 - 12:05 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Jews attuned to the weekly cycle of Torah readings cannot help but have a special relationship to Martin Luther King Day. This is the time of year when we read the story of the exodus from Egypt that stands at the very core of Jewish tradition, as it does in the tradition of the African-American church from which King emerged. Over and over we Jews hear Moses demand of Pharaoh in the name of the Lord that he “send forth My people that they may serve Me.” Week after week, we are driven to ask ourselves what that call means in our day, and what we need to do to answer it. 

01/12/2016 - 12:04 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last week, Israel’s State Attorney filed indictments against two Jews in the July arson attack that killed a toddler and his parents in the Arab village of Duma. They were charged not only with murder but also with being members of a terrorist organization with the goal of spreading terror among non-Jews and escalating the security situation for nationalist and religious reasons.