Editorial

High Holy Day Highs

09/17/2013
Editorial

At Kol Nidre services last week at Central Synagogue, the historic Reform congregation in Manhattan, Peter Rubinstein offered his last High Holy Day sermon as senior rabbi after 23 years in that post. He billed his talk “A Love Letter,” and in an emotional 30-minute address, he explained that it was being delivered “from me to each and all of you … and it’s about the legacy we have created together and that is now yours to carry on.”

One-State Delusion

09/17/2013
Editorial

The New York Times Sunday Review prominently featured a lengthy opinion essay this week, “Two-State Illusion,” asserting that the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead, and calling for Israel to abandon its core Zionist principles so as to free up Arabs and Jews to live together in newly realized harmony.

While Iran Is Watching

09/11/2013
Editorial

Officials in Jerusalem are not pleased or comfortable at being thrust into the center of an American political controversy over a possible U.S. military strike against Syria. There’s no doubt that Israel favors a strong response from Washington to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s evil use of chemical warfare against his own civilian population. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government would prefer to stay out of the limelight, insisting, correctly, that this issue is not about Israel, which fortunately can defend itself against Damascus. It’s about the perception of America in the international community, and particularly in the eyes of Iran’s leaders, who are watching carefully to see if the world’s only superpower is willing to make good on its word to prevent “red lines” of non-conventional warfare from being crossed.

Our Vital Mission: To Inform and To Serve

09/04/2013
Editorial

Dear Friends,

At this special time — one Jewish year just ending, a new one upon us — we, like many of you, take time to reflect candidly on the past and look forward with hope to the coming year.

Crossing ‘Red Lines’

08/27/2013
Editorial

President Barack Obama boxed himself into a corner a year ago when he said the use of chemical warfare in the Syrian conflict would be a “red line” that would require a strong response. Now that time has come.

The Dreams Of Rosh HaShanah

08/27/2013
Editorial

It’s the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech; the 100th anniversary of Menachem Begin’s birth; and the 5,774th anniversary of God’s dream and Adam’s birth. All are worthy of being “dipped in honey” this week on Rosh HaShanah.

The Ethiopian Aliyah: Mission (Almost) Accomplished

08/21/2013
Editorial

On Aug. 28, Israel will welcome the last official group of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel, a low-key conclusion to a complicated, at times triumphant and at times tragic, aliyah process that is still playing itself out three decades after it began.

A New Approach To Giving

08/13/2013
Editorial

The results are in from a national survey entitled “Next Gen Donors: The Future of Jewish Giving,” and they are more positive than some had feared. But they also indicate that American Jews in their 20s and 30s are not as enthusiastic about giving to specifically Jewish organizations as their parents.

Dealing With Scandal. Again

08/13/2013
Editorial

Some scandals, when we learn of them, seem almost predictable, a disgrace that was just waiting to happen. Others, like the news this week that William “Willy” Rapfogel, the popular and successful executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, has been fired and is under investigation for financial misconduct, come as a shock. As a Jewish community leader who had helped Met Council, during his more than two decades at the helm, grow into a major social-service organization, Rapfogel was energetic, effective, focused and well connected. Now, it seems in hindsight, to a fault.

Willful Dissonance

08/06/2013
Editorial

Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is being described as a moderate in the American press. Compared to his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, maybe he is. After all, while Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust and openly and repeatedly called for doing away with Israel, so far Rouhani, appearing at an Al Quds Day event in Iran on Friday where marchers shout “Death to Israel,” “only” referred to the Jewish state as “a sore that has been sitting on the body of the Islamic world for many years.”

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