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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

09/17/2015 | | Opinion

One of the skeletons in the Modern Orthodox closet is the irreverence of those who chatter, talk, gab, jabber, gossip, converse and prattle rather than observe the solemn laws of appropriate synagogue posture and assiduously attend to the reading of the Torah. By doing so, they subvert and undermine the sacrosanct concept of prayer. The systemic talking has become so prevalent that a shul’s politics are hardly about who voted for whom, membership dues or ritual disagreements. Instead, the conversation is about the lackadaisical condemnation of conversation during prayer and, by extension, whether a person has the right to request the reticence of another congregant.

09/11/2015 | Opinion

Miryam Rabner 

Rosh Hashanah is a time of celebration with family and friends. Our rich tradition and liturgy prompt us as individuals and as a community to pause and reflect about who we are and what our lives represent.

09/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Will there be a synagogue in America this Rosh HaShanah not abuzz with conversation about the upcoming vote on the Iran nuclear deal? And from how many pulpits will those attending such synagogues not hear at least one sermon about the very same topic? Based on reports from literally hundreds of rabbis across the nation, the answer is very few. 

09/10/2015 | | JTA | Opinion

Budapest — As our car rolled slowly toward Budapest, we saw a huge group heading in the opposite direction on the highway just outside the city: Hundreds of people quietly walking in the breakdown lane, marching toward freedom and peace.

09/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There has been much talk within the Jewish community and among leaders in Israel about supporting and inviting some of the Syrian refugees to Israel or to America. Jews have big hearts and Jewish organizations like to give their donors the opportunity to do good. But I’d like to point out some problems I see regarding the question of helping the Syrian refugees.

09/04/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At the end of August, T’ruah — the organization I lead — submitted a request to the New York Attorney General’s office to investigate whether the U.S. fundraising arm of Honenu and its fiscal sponsor, The Central Fund of Israel (both based in New York) are violating the conditions of tax exempt status by funding cash payments to Israelis accused or convicted of terrorism.