Silencing Women's Voices: Time To Speak Up

02/14/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I was riveted by the recent story of an Orthodox Israeli young woman, Ophir Ben-Shetreet, who sang beautifully on the Israeli talent-search program, “The Voice,” and as a result was suspended from her Orthodox school for two weeks because of the prohibition against women singing in public if men are present.  Ophir’s performance and evident charm inspired people around the country.  The judges praised her as “modest” and “pure,” and she could serve as a role model for young Orthodox women who feel the desire to express themselves and develop their talents.  Instead, she was condemned.

'The Heritage Of All Israel'

Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.
02/13/2013 - 19:00

Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

Ruth Calderone

Mikvah Bill At Center Of Religious Equality

07/26/2016 - 12:49

Keynoting a 1999 conference of Modern Orthodox Jews, a prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi began his remarks by stating “God forbid that we should have a halachic state.” Before continuing, he repeated the comment for emphasis.

Drs. Dov Zakheim and Steven Bayme

Why I Do Call Israel Out On The Occupation

07/26/2016 - 10:26
Special To The Jewish Week

David Bernstein has written an articulate defense of those who, like him, refuse to denounce the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, or, in some extreme cases, even admit that an occupation exists (“Why I Don’t Call Israel Out on the Occupation,” Opinion, July 8). He argues that simply calling for an immediate end to the occupation does not recognize the complexity of the situation and will not bring peace and security to Israel.

Martin I. Bresler

Connecting Young People To Jewish Wisdom

07/26/2016 - 10:30
Special To The Jewish Week

A huddle of people — some with beards and tallit bags, and others with short skirts and cellphones — slapped the bar mitzvah boy on the back, congratulating him on a job well done. As soon as the beards turned away, the cellphones clandestinely slipped the New Jewish Man checks for $180. The boy — let’s call him Matthew — had mumbled his way through a Torah portion (which he did not understand) well enough to become a Jewish young adult in a synagogue he had been visiting twice a week for the past few months.

Leora Eisenberg

Why I’m Proud To Be Out-Of-Step At The Parade

07/25/2016 - 12:48

Thousands of Israelis joined together for the annual March for Pride and Tolerance the other day. To many, Jerusalem might seem like an odd location for a Pride March -- when you say “gay” and “Israel,” most people likely conjure up the images of speedos and techno music associated with Tel Aviv, not those associated with more conservative and polarized Jerusalem.

David Shmidt Chapman

My Waking Nightmare: A Trump Presidency

07/25/2016 - 10:33

I am not someone who sees an anti-Semite under every rock.  Nor do I think that every person expressing noxious views is an updated version of Adolf Hitler.  In fact, I find the invoking of Hitler and all things Nazi to explain—or explain away—behavior, to be deeply offensive.  You see, I am missing many branches of my family tree thanks to the treachery and murderous behavior of actual Nazis and their accomplices.

Balloons and confetti are seen at the end of the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016. Getty Images

Hope And Faith In the Clean Energy Revolution

07/20/2016 - 15:44

For six months my friends and I have been working on bringing Jews to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24, the day before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. At the march we will demand political leadership for a rapid and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

Jewish Climate Action Network

A Travesty Of Rabbinical Justice In Israel

07/19/2016 - 15:09
Special To The Jewish Week

In April of this year, a rabbinic court in Petach Tikvah was approached by a convert of mine to open a file for marriage with her young Sephardic chattan (groom). When the court found out she was a giyoret (convert), she was informed that I was not known to the Petach Tikvah rabbis and that, therefore, she would have to undergo a second conversion in order to be married in Israel.

Haskel Lookstein

Israel’s Choice Is Not Between Occupation and Peace

07/19/2016 - 13:02
Special To The Jewish Week

Reports from the recent Herzliya Conference have sparked renewed debate over whether the pro-Israel community should partner with J Street in the fight against BDS on America’s campuses. Those who support this partnership highlight Israel’s collapsing popularity among young progressives and argue that only J Street can provide the left-wing connections and credibility needed to compete for this cohort.

David Brog
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