Editorial

Promoting Disunity

06/02/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

Wednesday, June 3 was designated this year as “Jewish Unity Day,” established by the City of Jerusalem and Gesher, an organization that seeks to close the gap among Jews of different denominations. It comes a year after the kidnapping and murder of three teenage boys in Israel, a tragedy that, however briefly, brought the country together and linked Jews of the diaspora with their brothers and sisters in the Jewish state.

Welcome To The Jewish Future

06/02/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

Consider the millennials, three dozen of whom are profiled in our annual 36 Under 36 section, a special supplement in this week’s paper; they are the generation born between 1980 and 2000. They’re self-absorbed (55 percent of them have shared a selfie, compared with 24 percent of Gen-Xers); they’re unmoored from religion (nearly 30 percent say they’re not affiliated with any religion, compared with 21 percent of Gen-Xers); and they’re distrustful of people (only 19 percent said that most people can be trusted, compared with 31 percent of Gen-Xers). That’s data culled from a 2014 Pew Research Center study.

On Sunday, Show Israel You Care

05/26/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

How appropriate that the theme of this year’s Celebrate Israel Parade, being held this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fifth Avenue, is “Israel Imagines.”

Up All Night

05/19/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

It is as intimate as any hour in the Jewish year, the half-light of Shavuot near dawn, after the all-night learning when it is time for early prayer and then rising for the reading of the Ten Commandments. Yes, most of the world is still asleep, but most of the world was “sleeping” at Sinai, too. Legend has it that every other nation on the planet was offered the Torah first, but declined, politely and otherwise. Only the Israelites said yes, and even then with a threatening mountain held above them, and the skies a wild concoction of a desert storm, thunder, lightening and a rain, say the mystics, that was reminiscent of Noah’s.

Worrying Signs For Israel Support

05/12/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

The findings of a major new survey of religious practices in the U.S. by the Pew Research Center show that Jews are consistent with the trends of other Americans. Those trends indicate a significant move away from religious affiliation, particularly among the young, as found in a 2013 Pew study of American Jews.

Free Speech And Its Abuse

05/05/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

A cynic might look at the PEN American Center, an association of prominent writers and editors, giving its annual courage award for freedom of expression to Charlie Hebdo and conclude that victimhood has its rewards.

Racial Divides, Here And In Israel

05/05/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

On the surface, the parallels between the bloody demonstrations in Baltimore and Tel Aviv in recent days are obvious. In both cases, black citizens have angrily claimed that they are discriminated against because of their color, more often targeted by police, and punished more frequently and more harshly. The sense of frustration and anger that boils over, turning violent, applies to African-American residents of Baltimore as well as Ethiopian Jews in Israel, many of whom feel they are subject to racism and police brutality.

Celebrating Catholic-Jewish Relations

04/28/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

A half-century after the Second Vatican Council, which absolved Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus and strongly condemned anti-Semitism, Catholic-Jewish relations are at a high point. As proof, an Orthodox rabbi received an honor from the pope this week, and a cardinal will dialogue and dine at the Jewish Theological Seminary next week.

The Mitzvah Of Helping Victims In Nepal

04/28/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

Our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

When natural disaster strikes people virtually anywhere in the world, among the first responders are representatives of the Jewish people. Led by the Jewish state. Over the years, Israel has reached out to countries in need whose citizens are Christian, Muslim, Shinto, or as in the case of last week’s disaster centered in Nepal, Hindu and Buddhist. (See story on page 27.)

The First Genocide, A Century Later

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

On April 24, nine days after the Jewish community has commemorated its losses during the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, another ethnic-religious minority marks its own searing 20th-century tragedy.

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