Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

10/25/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There is a disturbing new threat to agunot — women unable to obtain a religious divorce. And only those involved in contentious divorces know about it.

10/18/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Only a few weeks ago we lived suspended in the High Holy Days. We examined our sins, pleaded for forgiveness and prayed that our loved ones and we would be blessed with health and happiness. We brought little children to hear the shofar’s call and we remembered parents and family members no longer with us. Mindful of our link to the generations before and after our own, vulnerability and mortality absorbed us.

10/18/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The liberation of Gilad Shalit on the eve of Sukkot, after five cruel years of incarceration, was the outcome of a major conflict between the heart and the mind in which turbulent emotions triumphed. The end of the nightmare created waves of euphoria and relief throughout the nation. Each of us, including those bitterly opposed to the agreement consummated with Hamas, identifies with Shalit not so much as a hero, but as though he were our own son.

10/17/2011 | | Opinion

My Promise To An Elderly Progressive Activist

10/11/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There is an old joke told of a Rabbi leaving synagogue after Kol Nidre services. On his way home he was astonished to see Goldstein, one of his congregants, sitting in a non-kosher restaurant eating a sumptuous meal.

As Goldstein exited the restaurant, the rabbi accosted him: “What are you doing, I just saw you eating treif, and paying for it on Yom Kippur. Explain yourself!” Goldstein replied: “Oy, I am sorry rabbi, but I just forgot.”

“Did you forget that today was Yom Kippur?” “No.”

10/11/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

During a visit to South Africa last summer, I stopped at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, hoping to better understand how so despicable a system could dominate that country for nearly half a century, from 1948-1991, and why any comparisons to Israel are ridiculous. I came away humbled, wondering whether there might just be a little residue of apartheid in us all.