Editorial

YU’s Challenge

03/27/2012
Editorial

Yeshiva University’s challenges — financially and in competition with other institutions of higher learning, both secular and religious — are outlined in staff writer Helen Chernikoff’s thorough and sobering front-page report this week.

As she notes, the proud base of the Modern Orthodox community is seeking to increase flagging enrollment at a time of financial belt-tightening and when yeshivas to the right and secular colleges on YU’s left flank, are chipping away at the pool of possible students.

A Step Toward Jerusalem Recognition

03/27/2012
Editorial

With a Supreme Court ruling this week, the chances have improved that Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in 2002, may have a passport by the time of his bar mitzvah that records his birthplace as “Israel” rather than “Jerusalem,” as it now reads.

Demjanjuk’s Quiet Exit

03/20/2012
Editorial

More than 30 years after he was stripped of his United States citizenship and first charged with Nazi war crimes, John Demjanjuk died in his sleep last weekend in a nursing home in Germany at the age of 91, stateless. His legacy remains in limbo because his conviction last year for serving as a guard at the Nazi death camp of Sobibor, in Poland, was being appealed.

Tragedy In France

03/20/2012
Editorial

In the season before Passover, one of the most joyous dates on the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish communities of the United States, France and other lands find themselves in mourning, on high alert and reminded once again that anti-Semitism remains a reality, especially in Europe.

Missing From Key Media Coverage

03/13/2012
Editorial

There is one central element missing in The New York Times’ steady drumbeat of coverage of late over whether and when Israel would initiate military action against Iran’s nuclear sites.

Israel’s Long Weekend

03/13/2012
Editorial

To hear some report it, the latest “cycle of violence,” featuring volleys of hundreds of rockets and airstrikes between Israel and Gaza began this past weekend when Israel killed Zuhair al-Qaissi and several other leaders of the Popular Resistance Committee, a terror group connected to Hamas.

Houston’s Champions

03/06/2012
Editorial

If sports don’t just build character but reveal it, then the Beren Academy’s wild and improbable ride to a championship high school basketball game in Texas (even if they lost) revealed something extraordinary about that small Houston yeshiva and the American spirit’s admiration and respect for Jews who respect themselves and their Judaism.

Israel’s Impossible Choice

03/06/2012
Editorial

On Tuesday, many of the 14,000 delegates to this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference — by far the largest attendance ever — fanned out across Capitol Hill, with more than 500 meetings planned with congressmen and the staffs of all 100 senators. Their message: the U.S. should close ranks with Israel and get tougher with Iran.

In Defense Of JFK On Church-State

02/28/2012
Editorial

Rick Santorum’s comment that John Kennedy’s famous 1960 speech on the importance of church-state separation almost made him “throw up” gave us a tinge of nausea, concerned that he was misrepresenting an important issue.

Kennedy, the Democratic nominee for president at the time, sought to reassure the nation that his Catholic faith would not prejudice his views on what was best for America.

“I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Kennedy told the Houston Ministerial Association.

Narrowing The Religious-Secular Gap

02/28/2012
Editorial

In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion made an accommodation for full-time yeshiva students to serve their country by studying Torah rather than enlisting in the army. There were only 400 such young men at the time, and Ben-Gurion believed the number would diminish.

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