Editorial

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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‘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.

Sunday Is A Day For Israel

05/31/2016 - 18:53
Editorial

All year round we follow the news from Israel – supporting, criticizing, worrying, discussing, debating and praying. On Sunday, though, we will be celebrating.

Defining And Avoiding Bias

05/31/2016 - 18:52
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You can’t really solve a problem until you define it.

In Bucharest this past week, 31 countries meeting under the auspices of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance became the first international body to officially adopt a Working Definition of Anti-Semitism. The representatives, mostly from Europe, stated that “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.

The Future Begins On Page 21

05/25/2016 - 08:18
Editorial

Newspapers, if they’re doing their jobs correctly, are supposed to hold up a mirror to society and say: Here, have a look at us, warts and all. Perhaps we spend too much time on the warts part, reporting on all matter of scandal and trying to fulfill our duty as a government watchdog and a check on the powerful. And these days, with the impact of the Internet, perhaps we spend too much time on “click bait.”

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