Editorial

Stemming The Tide Of Hatred

05/21/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Secretary of State John Kerry’s appointment this week of Ira Forman as special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism is a welcome and timely move as religious bigotry is increasing around the globe.

Of course it is a sad statement that in the 21st century, the United States requires a high-level post to deal officially with anti-Semitism. But the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, just released, underscores the need for a more assertive effort in countering the decline in religious freedom as well as the increase in Holocaust denial and a violent brand of anti-Semitism that is often couched as opposition to Israeli policy.

Too Late For The Truth On Intifada ‘Hoax’?

05/21/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

It’s been more than a dozen years since Mohammed al-Dura, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, was caught in the crossfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian security forces at the outbreak of the second intifada and allegedly killed by Israeli bullets.

Immigration Reform Is A Moral And Religious Duty

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Our Jewish story is one of migration. Our Jewish American story is one of receiving safe refuge on this nation’s shores. From our seminal Exodus saga to our waves of aliyah, we are a people who know the feeling of being expelled and freed, welcomed and rejected.

Rabbi Seth M. Limmer

Beyond Shavuot

05/16/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

One of the heartening trends in American Jewish life in recent years is the rediscovery by many of the power and beauty of Shavuot, the commemoration of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which we marked this week.

Terrorists, Not Journalists

05/16/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Score a point for a prominent Washington, D.C. museum in acknowledging a mistake, and for pro-Israel advocates in pointing the way to the truth.

Shavuot: The Wedding Of ‘Only’ And ‘Us’

05/06/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Shavuot, to be observed and celebrated this year on Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday, is a unique festival. There is nothing equivalent to the model seders that we share with others beyond our community. There is no explicit call to “those who are hungry,” as at the seder, or to house the homeless, in the spirit of the fragile sukkah. Hardly anyone attempts to equate the spirit of the holiday to political and social causes in the world at large.

In Syria, A Deadly Game Of Bluff

05/06/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Israel’s air strikes inside of Syria in recent days delivered not only bombs but also strong messages. The question is how they will be interpreted.

Don’t Waste Israel’s Moment For Change

04/30/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

A growing number of American Jews have been following with increasing outrage the plight of the Women of the Wall, the small group of activists in Jerusalem seeking to pray as a group at the Kotel (the Western Wall) in prayer shawls, kippot and tefillin.

Sex Trafficking Hits Home

04/23/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

On Monday, halfway through the Sefira period between Passover and Shavuot, between the holidays that celebrate the Jewish people’s ancient delivery from slavery in Egypt and their receiving the Torah at the foot of Mount Sinai, a few hundred members of the Jewish community met to consider our communal responsibilities to slaves in our days.

Crossing The Line

04/23/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Last summer President Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons by Syria in its civil war would cross “a red line” and could result in a military response.

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