Editorial

Sukkot, A Festival For Inclusion

10/08/2014
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The Days of Awe may climax on Yom Kippur, but the evening shofar inaugurates a spirited and spiritual Oktoberfest unparalleled in the Jewish year. Immediately after breaking the fast, many started constructing sukkot, not only in backyards but also shoehorned with urban ingenuity into New York alleys and apartment terraces. We’re told that the days leading up to Sukkot are a time when Jewish people are preoccupied with mitzvot, preparing the sukkah, cooking meals, inviting guests, children scissoring and stringing decorations, buying lulavim and etrogim, and then the sweet peace of the holiday itself.

Yom Kippur As Renewal

10/08/2014
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On the eve of the Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, we reflect on the power of the day and the opportunity for atonement.

Bibi At The UN: Grim But Accurate Worldview

10/01/2014
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Mahmoud Abbas took a bit of the pressure off of Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli prime minister’s speech to the United Nation’s General Assembly on Monday. As least some of those who had hoped Netanyahu would make a bold gesture toward renewed peace negotiations understood that after the Palestinian president’s slanderous accusations against Israel in his own UN speech last Friday, Abbas was making the case for Jerusalem’s reluctance to proceed along the same old, unsuccessful path toward reconciliation with the Palestinian Authority.

A Year Of Challenges, And Hope

09/24/2014
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Dear Friends,

Every year at this time it is our privilege to report to you on the state of The Jewish Week.

At Rosh HaShanah it is appropriate to take stock of where we have been and to look forward, with renewed commitment to journalistic excellence, to the coming year.

A Happy Year Beyond Headlines

09/17/2014
Editorial

In the words of an old country song, “Everybody wants to go Heaven, but nobody wants to go now.” For all of our well-validated concerns of a dangerous world, nobody wants to go to Heaven just yet. The world seems “unformed and void, darkness over the deep,” but the verse in Genesis continues, “the spirit of God hovers over the waters.” There is light, not at the end of the tunnel, but just one verse away.

Creating Silver Linings

09/17/2014
Editorial

With the exception of the glorious weather, the summer of 2014 was deeply depressing. There was the collapse of the Mideast peace talks. Then came seven weeks of war in Gaza with much of the world seemingly more critical of Israel for aggressively defending itself than of Hamas for initiating, prolonging and expanding the conflict. Hamas fired from within civilian areas and encouraged their citizens to stay put rather than escape from Israeli-targeted buildings. Yet the onus of a United Nations commission on human rights violations no doubt will highlight alleged Israeli violations, once more equating the arsonist and the fireman.

Disrespectful Language

09/10/2014
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The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights rightly condemns
 “beastilization,” the likening of Jews to barnyard animals, as a form of
anti-Semitism (“From BDS To Beastilization,” Aug. 29). For the same reason, we should
avoid likening Muslims and Christians to grass, or killing them to “mowing the
lawn.”

Pushing Back On The Campus Wars

09/09/2014
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As Israel’s cease-fire with Hamas enters its third week, the war is just beginning on college campuses across North America. With classes barely underway, we are learning of isolated incidents reflecting angry reaction to the summer war in Gaza. A Jewish student at Temple University is punched in the face and subjected to anti-Semitic slurs. A professor at Binghamton writes an opinion piece titled “Renounce, Divest and Sanction Israel.” A senior at Brandeis is confronted by a Palestinian flag in the common area of her suite (it was subsequently taken down.)

A Palestinian State In Sinai

09/09/2014
Editorial

In 1903 the British offered Zionists a Jewish state — in Uganda. At a time of pogroms and persecution, Uganda could be a needed refuge. After much debate, the offer was rejected. After all, Zionism was not just a political dream but also a spiritual state of mind, a yearning for a return to our indigenous, biblical, spiritual home.

Back To Normal?

09/02/2014
Editorial

There is a growing sense, at least here at home, that with the end of the Hamas rockets firing on Israel, school starting again and the High Holy Days on the horizon, things are returning to normal.

But that would depend on your definition of “normal.”

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