Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

10/14/2014 | | Opinion

Editor’s Note: An article in the New York Post, “Bubba’s Kosher Sex” (Oct. 11), reported on one of an estimated 10,000 documents released last week by the Clinton presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. It was a memo written by a senior Hillary Clinton aide in January 1999, at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, seeking to use Jewish law to defuse calls for President Clinton to be impeached. The memo referred to an oped piece in The Jewish Week at the time written by Susannah Heschel, a professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth, noting that King David in the Bible is condemned for committing adultery with Batsheva “but was never thrown off the throne of Israel” and is still “exalted” in Jewish history.

10/14/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As Americans and as Jews, we have a special relationship to slavery. As Americans, we know our country fought a terrible civil war to end trafficking in humans. And we know that it took another 100 years to ensure basic civil rights to those freed from bondage in 1865, but denied basic human rights until the 1960s.

10/14/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The opening words of the Bible, “In the beginning,” evoke wonder and expectation, as they set the stage for action, for the beginning of all beginnings. What projects — big ones at work or something more modest at home — will you begin in this new year of 5775? And what can you learn from the Creation story about how to approach them?

10/08/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It was in a windswept Italian seaside resort 25 years ago that I saw close-up the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

10/08/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

My husband tells the story of being taken by his father as a young teenager to the Bobover Rebbe’s “tish,” or Friday-night dinner table. His father came from chasidic ancestry, although the family did not follow that path. During the meal, the rebbe tore at a roasted chicken, and passed pieces to the dozens of surrounding chasidim, who basked in the honor of eating from his hand. When he reached my husband, the young boy, repelled by the greasy chicken in the rebbe’s fingers, turned away, mumbling, “I’m not hungry.” The stunned assembly stared at him in silent disbelief, while his father quickly whisked him out, humiliated that his son had refused the rebbe’s bounty.

10/01/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The season of reckoning is upon us. This is the time of the High Holy Days, when we are called upon to go into introspection mode and identify particular sins of commission or omission. Jewish tradition calls upon us to repent and to make amends.