Opinion

Walking With King

What would Heschel have marched for in 2016? What would King have said today?

01/12/2016 - 12:05
Special To The Jewish Week

Jews attuned to the weekly cycle of Torah readings cannot help but have a special relationship to Martin Luther King Day. This is the time of year when we read the story of the exodus from Egypt that stands at the very core of Jewish tradition, as it does in the tradition of the African-American church from which King emerged. Over and over we Jews hear Moses demand of Pharaoh in the name of the Lord that he “send forth My people that they may serve Me.” Week after week, we are driven to ask ourselves what that call means in our day, and what we need to do to answer it. 

Arnold M. Eisen

Torture Laws Must Apply To Arab And Jew Alike

01/12/2016 - 12:04
Special To The Jewish Week

Last week, Israel’s State Attorney filed indictments against two Jews in the July arson attack that killed a toddler and his parents in the Arab village of Duma. They were charged not only with murder but also with being members of a terrorist organization with the goal of spreading terror among non-Jews and escalating the security situation for nationalist and religious reasons. 

Mordechai Kremnitzer

Citing Heschel, Hillel International Asks Why We Segregate Youth And Age

01/07/2016 - 12:13
Special To The Jewish Week

In 1960, American “youth” confounded the nation. This burgeoning class of teens so perplexed that other great class of countrymen, “the adults,” that a White House Conference was called, in part, to solve “the problem.” The country’s great rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel, was asked to speak and arrived in D.C. with a mutinous response: Do not fixate on the young.

Tamara Mann Tweel

History Professors Take Aim At Israel

26 academics are angry because Palestinian students are sometimes delayed at Israeli security checkpoints.

01/06/2016 - 10:58
Special To The Jewish Week

More than a hundred U.S. history professors have set aside their books and stepped away from their lecterns to unite in righteous fury over an outrage so urgent that all other causes can wait: Palestinian students are being inconvenienced.

Stephen M. Flatow

Some Federations Rebounding From The Great Recession

01/06/2016 - 09:22
Special To The Jewish Week

Here’s some good news as we enter 2016. The latest update of the “The Jewish GDP (Gross Domestic Product)” study shows that Jewish federations in the U.S. have finally begun to recover from the Great Recession that began in 2008. The new study reports that federations’ total revenues significantly increased since the last published study, one year ago, but that some federations are doing far better than others.

Mark Pearlman

Time To Call Out Trump As A Demagogue

01/05/2016 - 13:14
Special To The Jewish Week

Most everybody I know was happy to see 2015 go, with its shootings here, stabbings in Israel, terrorism in Europe, and chaos in the Middle East. We cannot predict what 2016 will bring, but one thing we know. By this time next year, we will have chosen a new president. Although it’s still early in the presidential race, we need to think about what we have seen and heard so far.

Francine Klagsbrun

Working With Fieldston On Holocaust Awareness

01/05/2016 - 13:12
Special To The Jewish Week

In the wake of the recent troubles at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale (“Swastika Incident Reverberating At Fieldston,” Dec. 18), I recently helped facilitate an assembly program for middle school students there. Ninety-year-old Holocaust survivor Hanna Slome spoke, and the students hung onto every word.

Michael D. Cohen

Op-Ed: NGO Law Protects Israel From Existential Threats

01/04/2016 - 13:30

Jerusalem — In 1914, Robert Frost published his poem “Mending Wall,” where he coined the maxim, "Good fences make good neighbors.” Those were the days of World War I, and it was perceived at that time that the best way to safeguard international relations and world peace was to clearly demarcate the physical borders between countries.

Ayelet Shaked

Mordechai Gafni Is Back, In Utah, And Going On Offense

07/17/2008 - 14:58
Editor and Publisher

The last time Mordechai Gafni was in the news was two years ago, when the charismatic and controversial rabbi accused of sexual misconduct here and in Israel was dismissed as the rebbe of Bayit Chadash, a spiritual renewal community in Tel Aviv.

Marc Gafni. Via youtube.com

Marc Gafni, Again: Faces Complaints From 'Spiritual Wisdom' Community

09/14/2011 - 14:52
Editor and Publisher

The news this week that Marc Gafni faces new allegations of sexual misconduct from those in the “spiritual wisdom” community with which he has been associated the last five years was sad, even tragic, but not surprising. And it brought back a flood of memories.

Marc Gafni. Via youtube.com
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