A New Approach To Dealing With Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

08/11/2016 - 12:05

In recent years, a dramatic social, political and legal struggle has been waged against the ultra-Orthodox “society of scholars” in Israel.

Women’s Rabbinic Roles Are Accepted In Israel. Why Not Here?

08/11/2016 - 11:47

Ever since the first exile of the Jewish people in 586 BCE, there have been multiple centers of Jewry. While most elements of Jewish life were centralized during the first temple era, everything changed when the leaders of the Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia.

 Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

My Eleven Months: The Power Of Kaddish

08/09/2016 - 17:40

Eleven months.  There is an awkwardness about the number 11.  Prime numbers always feel that way.  As regards time, it’s not quite a whole either. Our sages teach that we should cease saying Kaddish after 11 months to avoid connecting our parent with the period of judgment for a wicked person, which is said to be 12 months.  So we say Kaddish for our parent for 11 months, and then we stop.

William Lipsey

Wiesel Had A Soft Spot For Writers

08/09/2016 - 15:26
Special To The Jewish Week

We recently marked the shloshim, the end of the 30-day mourning period after the burial of Elie Wiesel. Since his death thousands of words have paid tribute to his singular impact on the world’s memory and to the moral authority that he, perhaps more than anyone in our time, commanded.

Francine Klagsbrun

Pence Has Solid Record Of Israel Support

08/08/2016 - 12:02

Since the Republicans held their national convention several weeks ago, America and the world have become acquainted with Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. As Donald Trump knows, Pence is an ardent champion of individual liberty, a reliable proponent of economic growth, and a strong voice in the fight against terror. Of course, the people of Indiana have appreciated these qualities in their governor for years. But what may be lesser known about Pence, who previously represented the east central portion of his state in Congress for 12 years, is his lengthy record of support for Israel. He served for 10 years on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia

Jason Greenblatt

As Poland Closes A Door To Survivors, Time For It To Open Another

08/08/2016 - 10:17
Special To The Jewish Week

The contrast between what is legally permissible and what is right was put into sharp relief in a ruling this week by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal regarding Holocaust restitution. The court upheld the constitutionality of legislation that would limit the rights of claimants in Warsaw.

Gideon Taylor. Courtesy

`You Are Promoting A Message Of Hatred’

08/05/2016 - 12:10

To the members of the Black Lives Matter Movement:

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

On Conversion, The True Issue Is Standards

08/02/2016 - 15:29

Much has been written about conversion matters recently and too much of that has focused on the wrong issue – the virtues and vices of centralized or decentralized rabbinical courts.  Not enough attention has been given to the much more important systemic issues: standards of observance for conversion.

Rabbi Michael Broyde

The Pressing Need For A Two-State Strategy

08/02/2016 - 10:26
Special To The Jewish Week

There is almost universal agreement that a two-state solution — Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and Palestine as a state for the Palestinians — is not going to happen in the foreseeable future. The question is: What should Israel do to deal with this reality? 

Robert Sugarman

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
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