Opinion

Silencing Women's Voices: Time To Speak Up

02/15/2013
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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.

02/14/2013

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

What If Israeli-Palestinian Security Coordination Ends?

The Second Intifada teaches us to be wary about claims that 'they' need it more than 'us.'

12/18/2014
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In March 2010, as part of my Zionist group’s annual week-long “Israel Symposium,” I visited Ramallah, the West Bank capital of the Palestinian Authority. As our bus wended its way into its  well-ordered main streets, we were greeted by the sight of a heavily-armed force in helmets and body armor.  Could they possibly have been assembled on our account, we wondered?  No, as was later explained, the high-profile visitor of the day was “Lula”— Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — then the President of Brazil.

The emblem of the Palestinian National Security Forces. Wikimedia Commons

Shedding No Tears For Dead Palestinian Terror Minister

12/12/2014
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A Palestinian terrorist who murdered innocent Israeli children and maimed a Connecticut housewife — was accidentally killed this week when he joined an Arab mob surging towards some Israeli soldiers. The fact that the terrorist wore a tie and held the position of deputy minister in the Palestinian Authority did not make him any less of a murderer, or any more deserving of anyone’s sympathy.

Walking My Mother To The Gates

12/12/2014
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Everyone dies. I learned this fact as a child. As I got older, I came to expect I’d losemy parents. Such is the nature of life (and God forbid it be otherwise). But knowingthis information did not prepare me for walking my mother to The Gates.

Israel's Eric Garner Incident

12/12/2014
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Police confront a man with compromised health status who resists their demands to comply. In the course of an escalating physical scuffle, the man suffers blows to the chest, but the most dramatic action captured on camera is of an officer grabbing at the man's throat. Shortly after this, the man collapses and dies. Protests and public outrage spread throughout the land. 

Honor guard surround the coffin during funeral of Minister Ziad Abu Ein on Dec. 11. Getty Images

Fatal Falls. Car Crashes. Stabbings. Terrorism?

12/10/2014
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The current spate of violence in Israel has included a number of attacks that look different from past incidents: They are low-tech in terms of weaponry and involve smaller numbers of people; sometimes, the victims and perpetrators know each other.

We may define terrorism as politically-motivated attacks on non-combatants in a conflict. But are some incidents being called terrorism when they may be something else?  

Ralph Seliger

Recalling A Too-Little-Appreciated Editor

12/09/2014
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A star disappeared from the Jewish cosmos some weeks ago, and only a handful of people noticed the loss. Maier Deshell, who died on Simchat Torah eve, was far from a household name, yet, as the longtime editor of the Jewish Publication Society, he forever enriched the world of Jewish letters. The small circle of friends and family he left behind has mourned his passing, but his contributions need to be more widely known and celebrated.

Francine Klagbrun

Eric Garner, Jacob And Esau: The Ethics Of Confrontation

12/09/2014
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Editor’s Note: Following is a copy of the sermon Rabbi Weiss delivered at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale on Dec. 6, Parshat Vayishlach:

When Scientific Journals Show Political Bias

12/09/2014
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Scenes of war such as those coming out of Gaza naturally arouse emotions, including in “objective” reporters. Despite this human tendency, there is one end of the media spectrum — the end occupied by established, peer-reviewed, scientific journals — where we would normally expect to read articles that are impartial, unbiased scientific reports. Publishing based on scientific merit alone is one of the cornerstones of global science; without it, science could not advance as a coherent global endeavor.

Daniel Zajfman
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