A Year in Review

The Year Inclusiveness Prevailed

Forget the Pew naysayers: A new, big-tent kind of Jewish community is being forged.

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The year gone by was a very good one for the Jewish people — and an even better one for the Jewish Message.

Joshua Hammerman

Biggest Sigh of Relief Story:

Weiner, Spitzer and Jewish Pride

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Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer (right). Getty Images

Cultural Story of the Year:

Zuckerman Silenced

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It came as a shock to fans and critics alike when Philip Roth, at the age of 80, announced he would henceforth cease and desist from the writing of fiction. After all, how could a writer who, for more than 50 years, had devoted his life to producing page after page of novels and stories that have never ceased to astonish — no one could break taboos and raise a ruckus like Roth; few could match his engagement with the Jewish experience in America or his dark wisdom in grappling with prejudice — wake up one morning and unplug the writing function from his computer as well as from his brain? 

Roth calls it quits at 80. Photo courtesy Reuters

Scandal of the Year:

Met Council’s Golden Boy Takes a Fall

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Runner-up Story of the Year:

The Ties That Strain

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President Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Getty Images

A Year in Review 2013

Biggest Stories of the Year

12/30/2013

2013: Identity Crises Galore

The Year Inclusiveness Prevailed

Pew and Part-time Judaism

Stories to Watch in 2014

A Year

Story of the Year:

Pew Study Rocks Community

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Pew Study found that 22 percent of Jews now say they have no religion. Image courtesy Pew Research Center

Year Of Crisis, Year Of Shame

Special to The Jewish Week
01/08/2010

 Did anything good happen in 2009? It’s hard to find the silver lining in this year of crisis and shame for the Jewish world — as hard as finding a likable character in “A Serious Man,” a film whose dark Joban overtones of unjust absurdity fit the zeitgeist perfectly. Hope was most definitely last year’s poster. We’ve had worse years, to be sure, but rarely have we suffered so much from wounds that were primarily self-inflicted.

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