Western Wall Rabbi’s Apology For Kippah Incident Does Little To Ease Religious Tensions

Rabbi Rabinovitch and Women of the Wall trade barbs over woman who was sent away from the Kotel for wearing a kippah.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Rabbi of the Western Wall, apologized for the way ushers questioned and expelled Linda Siegel-Richman from the site for wearing a kippah, but expressed doubt as to whether the incident occurred and blamed Women of the Wall’s activism for the heightened tensions.

Members of Women of the Wall pray while Israeli police watch for angry protestors. Getty Images

The Rowing Joke

07/07/2015 - 20:00

As a former university rower, I read with delight about the growing popularity of the sport in Israel (“Israeli Rowers Make History,” July 3). It may even mean that the legendary joke about the Jewish rowing team (and perhaps, by extension, the Jewish people) may now have to be archived.

Israel-Diaspora Differences

07/07/2015 - 20:00

The disconnect underlying Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“‘I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?’” May 29) is not the discord reported between the views of some liberal American-Jewish leaders and the positions of Israelis representing a right-wing government just elected. It’s the likely misperception of those U.S. Jews attending this JPPI (Jewish Policy Planning Institute), believing they represent mainstream Jewish thinking here, who were frustrated that their J Street-type criticisms [of Israel] were not taken more seriously.

Scott Walker Surrounds The Issues

In ancient times, namely the pre-Internet Vietnam War era, Members of Congress routinely had two form letters for responding to constituents writing about the war.  Each version agreed with the letter writer, pro or con.  Eventually they were outed and had to adopt a single position, much to the consternation of politicians who devote endless energy to avoiding the tough decisions that might offend constituents and contributors. 

Oren’s New Book

06/30/2015 - 20:00

In  “No Way to Treat an Ally” (Editor’s column, June 19), Gary Rosenblatt leads us to the tip of a nasty iceberg that many suspected. But it took Israel’s former ambassador, Michael Oren, and his blockbuster new book to reveal [it]. The dirty secret was years of abuse and bullying of the soft-spoken, dignified, brilliant, centrist Oren as well as Israel’s prime minister by administration officials and Democratic supporters as well as the President himself.

Need Anti-BDS Website

06/30/2015 - 20:00

It’s a relief to see serious funding being channeled to counter vicious BDS accusations (“Emerging BDS Fight Is Inside Jewish Community,” June 19).  But along with directing money to campus programming and arming students with talking points to factually and articulately respond to Israel bashing, I hope that funds will be channeled to create a strong, visible, search engine-optimized website that provides facts to counter the fictions promoted by BDS.

Israeli Rowers Make History

06/29/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When you think university rowing races, you think Oxford-Cambridge on the Thames, or Harvard-Yale on (Connecticut’s) Thames.

Courtesy of Daniel Rowing Centre

Bilaam’s Blessings And The Curse Within

06/29/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The primary image of this parasha is of Bilaam — foremost sorcerer of the age, says Ramban — riding a talking donkey on his way to meet with King Balak of Moav. What does this episode mean?

Sandra E. Rapoport

Mighty Mouth

Here he comes to save the day, Mighty Mouth. 

Donald Trump has deigned to run for president, convinced that the nation's future is in peril unless he takes over.  "If I get elected president, I will bring (the United States) back bigger and better and stronger than ever before," he modestly promised.

Palestinians Submit Documents Against Israel To ICC

06/24/2015 - 20:00

The Palestinian Authority submitted its first documents against Israel to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The documents presented on Thursday deal with continued construction in West Bank settlements, Gaza and Palestinians in Israeli jails, the Palestine Liberation Organization announced.

The information in the documents is general, with no specific charges and no named individuals, according to reports. The actual documents were not made public.

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