Editorial

Tackling Day School Affordability

12/06/2011
Editorial

Recognizing that there are no magic bullets in alleviating the financial, emotional and other burdens on parents seeking to provide a quality day school education for their children at a time of economic recession, the leadership of the Orthodox Union sought this week to address the problem pragmatically.

Cataloguing Palestinian Duplicity

12/06/2011
Editorial

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta seems to have come up with the solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian impasse:

“Just get to the damn table,” he said in response to a question the other day on what Israel should do next, following his address to the Brookings Institute in Washington.

How foolish of the rest of us not to have thought of that sage advice all those years ago and saved so many lives, so much pain and hardship.

Special Attention To Special Needs

11/29/2011
Editorial

Sometimes it can seem, or we’d like to think, that the Jewish community is a Lake Wobegon of sorts, where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” Of course, we know that so many of us are hardly that, and too many of our children, despite all our love and prayers, are special or unique in ways that can be more difficult, and more demanding of parents. Ideally, the community would respond to those with special needs.

Troubling Legislation In The Knesset

11/29/2011
Editorial

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who will be completing his 16-year tenure as head of the Reform movement at the end of the year, has never been afraid to speak his mind. He has been an advocate for greater Torah study and observance of Jewish ritual within the Union of Reform Judaism, taken President Barack Obama to task for publicizing his disagreement with Israel over settlements, called on a major Muslim American group to engage in more dialogue with Jews, and chided J Street members, at their annual convention, about some of their criticisms of Israel.

Celebrating Women’s Advances

11/22/2011
Editorial

Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the first major communal dinner for JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Association, held this past Sunday evening, was the sense of pride in and celebration of the accomplishments of the organization, founded in 1997.

Though often on the defensive and frustrated in their efforts to press the Orthodox establishment to expand opportunities for women in the areas of spiritual, ritual and intellectual life, within the framework of halacha, the women of JOFA set aside Sunday evening to mark the inroads they have made.

Tahrir Square, Again

11/22/2011
Editorial

With each passing day Mideast tensions seem to grow deeper and more complex, and the notion of an “Arab Spring” that brought such hope to millions 10 months ago seems particularly naïve now as violence has returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Dennis Ross Departs

11/15/2011
Editorial

With Israel facing extraordinary challenges in the Mideast, it is losing a key advocate in the White House.

Dennis Ross, a Mideast adviser to five presidents, once was derided as one of “Baker’s Boys” during the administration of President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State James Baker. More recently, though, he has been viewed as a confidante and friend of Israeli leaders. He is leaving his post at the end of the year, an implicit signal that the U.S. effort to break the Israeli-Palestinian impasse is on hold until after the 2012 election.

Responding To Hate

11/15/2011
Editorial

How deep should our concern be over the ugly spate of anti-Semitic sentiment on display in our community in recent days?

Jewish organizations and leaders responded with appropriate outrage over a spree of swastika and “KKK” graffiti in Midwood, Brooklyn, violently punctuated with the burning of several parked cars under cover of darkness late Friday night.

Buy Israel Week

11/08/2011
Editorial

We don’t dwell in Israel, but we sure dwell on it. We gloat. (Nobel Prizes!) We kvetch (Sabras!). We worry. (Flotillas!) Most of us are probably convinced that we can’t do much more than think about Israel, beyond writing a check, say, or boarding a plane every once in a while. But there is something more we can do. We can buy Israel.

Fighting Back Against The Chief Rabbinate

11/08/2011
Editorial

In what could be the most serious challenge to the legitimacy of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in its present form, Tzohar (Hebrew for window), an influential group of more than 600 religious Zionist Israeli rabbis, is launching a major media campaign this week, accusing the Chief Rabbinate of discriminatory policies over the right to officiate at marriages in Israel.

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