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10/08/2015 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

Perhaps the fact that the announcement was made on the second day of Rosh HaShanah said it all: “The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System ... is being renamed Northwell Health as the 21-hospital network prepares to launch a rebranding and marketing campaign in 2016 to distinguish it in a crowded metropolitan market.” Another Jewish hospital has disappeared and its managers were unconcerned that the announcement was made on the Jewish New Year.

10/07/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It’s hard to believe that some 40 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, affirming a woman’s right to privacy in abortion matters, abortion is still one of the hottest topics in the presidential campaign. It’s hard to believe that barely a week after Pope Francis addressed the United States Congress, calling for an end to capital punishment, the first woman in 70 years was executed by the state of Georgia. Questions concerning life and death seem never to be resolved, from one generation to the next, and maybe that’s to be expected. These are, after all, the most fundamental of human concerns and they warrant our periodic thinking and rethinking.

10/07/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Songs reflect emotion. Melody speaks volumes about the culture and thinking of a community.

10/01/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Yom Kippur has always been accompanied by the drama of selections.

The Talmud relates that the High Priest usually would not survive the service in the inner sanctum, so battles of succession would often begin on that date. And the Torah describes the selection of one goat to serve as a sacrifice to God and another to be thrown off a desert cliff as the bearer of all Israel’s sins — the literal scapegoat.

09/30/2015 | | Opinion

My email inbox and Facebook news feed were inundated in recent days with a link to an article in Tablet, “The Traveler’s Prayer” by Miriam Mandel Levi, which I strongly recommend. This thoughtful and moving essay by a ba’alat teshuva [returnee to the faith] of 25 years living in the environs of Jerusalem, concerns – spoiler alert from here on in – the author’s recent experience of being stuck in a parking lot for more than 30 minutes because the exit was blocked by two cars whose owners were nowhere to be found. When they finally appeared, one was a Ger chasid and the other the driver of the Ger Rebbe accompanied by the Rebbe himself.

09/30/2015 | Opinion

The 2013 Pew Study of American Jewry offers powerful evidence of a threat to what may be called the American Jewish Middle — engaged Jews outside of Orthodoxy — due to late marriage, non-marriage, intermarriage and low birthrates. In fact, over 2 million adults with Jewish parents no longer regard themselves as Jewish.