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

Life Under Fire

07/29/2014
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Rehovot — As an American-born, 29-year-old journalist living in this central Israeli city, I’ve encountered the same existential dilemma each night for several weeks now: Is it safe to take a shower now?

Sharon Udasin

What I Learned From ‘Ace,’ A Philanthropic Giant

07/29/2014
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In the foreword to Alan “Ace” Greenberg’s book “Memos From The Chairman,” Warren Buffet wrote:  “Ace Greenberg does almost everything better than I do — bridge, magic tricks, dog training, arbitrage — all the important things in life.”  

Alan C. Greenberg, beloved Jewish philanthropist, dies at age 86. UJA-Federation

How J Street Shows Solidarity With Israel

07/28/2014
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The past two weeks have been agonizing, terrifying and humbling. As we have watched the violence in Israel and in Gaza escalate, it has been hard not to feel angry, sad and worst of all powerless.

A Round Of Golf In A Time Of War

A father, a son in the IDF and the 18 holes that weren’t.

07/23/2014
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It was supposed to have been a father-son getaway, a long-awaited retreat of five days of golf and bonding. While many would guess Myrtle Beach, in coastal South Carolina, or the more-exotic Scotland, our destination was actually Israel. As unusual as that may sound, it is because my son Max currently lives there and serves as a platoon sergeant in the IDF’s Golani Brigade.

Gaza And American Jews: ‘We Are One?’

07/23/2014
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‘We Are One!” 

That’s the oft-articulated mantra of American Jewish groups, expressing solidarity on core public-affairs matters, especially those threatening Israel’s security.

Jerome A. Chanes

Hold Iran To Account On AMIA Bombing

07/22/2014
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On July 18, 1994, a hellish scene unfolded in Buenos Aires as a car bomb set by Iranian agents destroyed the AMIA/DAIA Jewish center, killing 85 people and wounding hundreds.

Robert Singer

Media Analysis: Israel Optics Darken

07/21/2014
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For a while there, it looked as if much of the world had accepted, or was at least considering, Israel’s argument for attacking and then invading Gaza this time – the third in six years.

Tefilah for Betty Friedan

The feminist and activist was a woman with a pen and a will to change the world.

07/18/2014
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Editor’s Note: Gabriella Kamran is the first recipient of The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. She won a national contest seeking essays on the Jewish American who has made significant contributions to humanitarian causes, social justice, medicine or science. Gabriella won $500 and a commemorative medal. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.

Betty Friedan
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