Editorial

With Three Months To Go

07/27/2016 - 09:10
Editorial

After a chaotic Republican National Convention notable for who was not in attendance among party leaders as well as who was, the Democrats were hoping for a more civil affair. But the strains between the pro-Clinton and pro-Sanders factions were evident on the first day when mentions of Hillary Clinton drew loud boos from the Sanders activists. And even before the festivities started, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, was forced to resign over a leaked e-mail from a top DNC official. It indicated attempts to hurt Sanders’ cause

A Year Later, Iran Deal Still Divisive

07/20/2016 - 00:34
Editorial

Consistent with every other aspect of the Iran nuclear deal, which seeks to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, there are two sharply opposed narratives regarding the success or failure of the landmark agreement one year after it was signed.

Amid Violence, Avoiding Blame Game

07/13/2016 - 09:00
Editorial

Rabbi Andrew Marc Paley, a senior spiritual leader of a major Reform temple in Dallas who spoke at the city’s memorial program Tuesday for five slain police officers, told us this week that “people are being forced to take sides.

Keeping Faith With Elie Wiesel

07/05/2016 - 21:45
Editorial

Elie Wiesel as a chasidic child of Vizhnitz in the Carpathian Mountains knew “by heart” the siddur’s line about God “keeping faith with those who slept in the dust.” God’s commitment, somewhat biblically, became his own. Like the best rebbes or prophets, his life’s work was never his intention. The teenager wanted to teach Talmud but never finished his schooling before he found himself on one of the 150 freight trains headed out of those mountains into the Kingdom of Night.

The Lookstein Lockout

06/29/2016 - 09:18

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s rejection of a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, a longtime leader of the Modern Orthodox rabbinate here, is only the most recent and flagrant example of a dysfunctional religious bureaucracy in Jerusalem causing personal pain to sincere, would-be converts and dishonoring rabbis as it widens the gap between diaspora and Israeli Jews.

Wisely, Israel And Turkey Make Up

06/29/2016 - 09:12
Editorial

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, with the help of the White House, made an important diplomatic breakthrough this week, restoring full relations with Turkey after six years of conflict. The agreement could go a long way toward renewing a number of vital connections between the two countries, and it positions Turkey to act as a key intermediary between Israel and the Hamas government in Gaza.

The Perils Of Power

06/21/2016 - 22:26
Editorial

The latest arrests in the city’s widening fundraising and police corruption scandal, with three Jewish businessmen alleged to be key figures in the case, are cause for communal reflection about the prospects and pitfalls in courting influence from politicians and police officers, those who enact the laws and those who uphold them.

Exploiting The Orlando Tragedy

06/15/2016 - 08:13
Editorial

The day after a deadly terror attack last week in Tel Aviv, when two young Palestinian men opened fire on innocent men and women at an upscale restaurant, political leaders from the left and right showed up at the site to express solidarity with the victims and call for unity.

One Torah And A Divided People

06/08/2016 - 08:26
Editorial

How sad and ironic that on the eve of Shavuot, the festival celebrating God’s eternal gift of the Torah to the Jewish people, a woman was detained at the Kotel for carrying a Torah scroll.

The police action was the first time in three years that a leader of Women of the Wall, the feminist Rosh Chodesh prayer group, was taken into custody for alleged violation of prayer restrictions for women at Judaism’s holiest site. It was another indication of backsliding by the authorities in dealing with the longstanding effort of pluralistic Jews to have more access to the site.

Cuomo Takes Action Against BDS

06/08/2016 - 08:24
Editorial

‘If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

That was the clear message sent out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday as he ordered state agencies to divest themselves of companies and groups aligned with the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel.

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