Editorial

The Reinvented Rabbi, Again

12/30/2015 - 08:41
Editorial

Marc Gafni, spiritual teacher and accused sexual abuser, is back in the news, achieving both greater influence and notoriety of late. Let those who may be swayed by his New Age insights be aware of his deeply disturbing personal history.

Facing Up To Jewish Terror

12/30/2015 - 08:38
Editorial

Until recently each case of a suspected Jewish terror act against innocent Palestinians has been seen as an aberration.

Going Over The Rhetorical Line

12/23/2015 - 09:23
Editorial

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin continues to impress, walking a delicate line between the increasingly strident political camps of left and right in the Jewish state. We wish other Jewish leaders, here and in Israel, would follow his example of thoughtfulness and commitment to tolerance and inclusion. The former Likud leader’s balancing act leaves him criticized on all sides, but determined to speak his mind in seeking to speak for all Israelis.

‘Divided Loyalties,’ Still?

12/23/2015 - 09:22
Editorial

Unfortunately, the disturbing case of a U.S. government agency denying security clearance to an American Jewish dentist because he has close relatives in Israel is not a fluke.

The Snub Club

12/16/2015 (All day)
Editorial

Over the years we’ve struggled with trying to find a balance when it comes to the issue of coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. We’ve called out the Palestinians for incitement in textbooks, we’ve decried any number of senseless and deadly terrorist attacks against innocent Israelis, and we’ve criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for placing one roadblock after another in the way when it comes to getting to the negotiating table.

Advancing Interfaith Bonds

12/08/2015 - 19:00

This week a group of liberal Modern Orthodox rabbis distanced itself from more conservative members of their community and drew closer to parts of the Christian world.

Countering A Culture Of Terror

12/08/2015 - 19:00
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We have no quarrel with what President Obama said in his Oval Office address Sunday night on the growing terror threat, here and abroad. Indeed, we agree with much of what he had to say; it’s what he left out that is worrisome.

Chanukah, Then And Now

12/01/2015 - 19:00
Editorial

Chanukah is a “celebration of light” the way the Fourth of July is a celebration of fireworks, which is to say: “not quite.” Both holidays commemorate exhausting wars of independence, the devastation of the Temple or the colonial countryside, and times of near-defeat in Jerusalem or Valley Forge.

Tarnished Silver

12/01/2015 - 19:00
Editorial

First, the protégé. Now, the mentor.

For several decades, William “Willie” Rapfogel and Sheldon “Shelly” Silver strode the streets of the Jewish Lower East Side with pride, widely admired as native sons by their community. From the Bialystoker Shul, their spiritual home, to the Grand Street Co-ops to the Orchard Street shopping district to the controversial Seward Park development, Rapfogel and Silver looked out for Jewish interests in the area. And, it turns out, they looked out for their own interests as well, lining their pockets with millions of dollars in cash.

Iran Is Testing Us

11/24/2015 - 19:00
Editorial

The announcement this week that Iran has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to prison — for an unannounced period of time and after he already has spent the last 16 months in jail — is another blunt indication of Tehran’s thumbing its nose at the U.S.

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