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05/31/2016 - 16:18 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse, an event that opened a new chapter in world history and in Jewish history, too. Russian Jews spread across the world, with hundreds of thousands coming to Israel and the U.S., as well as many other countries.

05/26/2016 - 16:32 | | Opinion

Our Torah, our history, and our God demand us to pursue justice. As Jews, we are called to stand with the oppressed and the mistreated. We are endowed with a sacred responsibility to seek and pursue justice where it has been denied.

05/26/2016 - 12:05 | | Opinion

I had the honor and privilege to staff the recent fourth annual Eshel Parent Retreat.  Eshel is a community and support organization for LGBT Jews and their families in the Orthodox community.  I spent Shabbat with more than 50 Orthodox Jewish parents of LGBT children, all of whom attended the retreat with tremendous courage and out of incredible love for their children. 

05/26/2016 - 11:54 | | Opinion

There is understandable concern in the Jewish community these days surrounding the appointment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party’s Platform Drafting Committee of outspoken critics of Israeli government policies -- Jim Zogby, Rep. Keith Ellison, and especially Cornel West.   They are entitled to provide input, of course, but the committee as a whole will determine final language.  That said, the platform drafters would be performing a service if they avoid pandering and assert realistic positions in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. 

05/24/2016 - 17:36 | | Opinion

You might have a hard time relating to Memorial Day (May 30), like I used to. Even though my grandfather and father were soldiers in the two World Wars, ours was not a military family. I didn’t know any soldiers, none of my friends were soldiers, nobody I knew in my community. Viet Nam was over by the time I was in high school. It was a time of relative peace and quiet.

05/24/2016 - 17:10 | | Opinion

Thirty five years ago this week, I ascended the bima at Congregation Emanuel of the City of New York, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, of blessed memory, placed his hands on my head and ordained me as a rabbi.