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12/15/2015 (All day) | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I know madness; I know it intimately.

As president of NYU-Bellevue Psychiatric Alumni, having served on Bellevue’s Teaching Faculty since 1978, I recognize crazy, even when it’s an ocean away.

12/15/2015 - 16:20 | | Opinion

With the current wave of terror in Israel, it is not surprising that the Israeli Democracy Index for 2015 revealed that Israelis ranked the tension between Jewish and Arab Israelis as the greatest tension in the state.

12/10/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Dear Dr. Chan and Mr. Zuckerberg,

I am so very touched by the way you chose to give to your child. You have shown her that it is far greater to live in an enriched world than it is to be the sole beneficiary of great wealth. I am impressed that you decided to give your wealth away while you live and that you have committed to long-term change on behalf of our children and grandchildren. I write to you today as a teacher. I run a course on the history and ethics of philanthropy at Columbia University and I want to share some of the insights that have emerged from our class. I do so to start a conversation that I hope you and others will weigh in on.

12/08/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Since 1990, Orthodoxy in America has departed in dramatic fashion from patterns displayed by the other religious denominations. In fact, since 1990, the number of Orthodox Jewish congregants in the U.S. has at least doubled, the Jewish engagement indicators have moved higher, and their average age has declined.

12/08/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) adopted a member resolution last month opposing the ordination of women into the Orthodox rabbinate. It was not the organization’s first public statement on the matter, but it has been the most controversial by far.

12/07/2015 - 19:00 | | Opinion

When Rabbi Meir Shapiro suggested the practice of the Daf Yomi, studying a page of Talmud daily, at an Agudah conference in 1923, he could never have imagined how many thousands of people take part in this seven and a half year project. Rabbi Shapiro believed it would unite Jews globally in a mission to strengthen and unify the Jewish community. A “Jew leaves the States and travels to Brazil or Japan, and he first goes to the beis medrash [study hall], where he finds everyone learning the same daf [page] that he himself learned that day. Could there be greater unity of hearts than this?”