Opinion

In Memory Of My Father, A Survivor Dedicated To Teaching Torah

06/28/2016 - 10:20

Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from a June 14 eulogy for Rabbi Moshe Kasirer.

Suri Kasirer. Via kasirer.nyc

Fighting The Good Fight Against BDS

06/27/2016 - 10:11

Student activists, international businessmen and global litigators are in agreement.  The movement aimed at boycotting, divesting from and sanctioning Israel is growing.  This is not to say that the BDS movement poses an imminent threat to the Jewish state. It does mean, however, that this latest form of anti-Semitism is an issue that we must deal with.  The question is how.

Ambassador Danny Danon. Via embassies.gov.il

Ethiopians In Israel, At 25: A Mixed Report

06/21/2016 - 12:04
Special To The Jewish Week

Twenty-five years ago last month, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.

Gideon Taylor

Do We Not Bleed Equally?

06/21/2016 - 11:53
Special To The Jewish Week

“If you prick us, do we not bleed?”

“The Merchant of Venice,” Act III, Scene 1

Donald Trump said that a judge of “Mexican heritage” would not adjudicate his case fairly.

Is this surprising? Not really. Many appearing before judges advance this variation on “the teacher doesn’t like me.”

Isaac Steven Herschkopf

The Tuition Crisis At 20: What Now?

06/20/2016 - 16:24
Special To The Jewish Week
  • “Day schools ... are having trouble paying their bills. The problem is, the predominant sources of their income — parents — are having even more trouble keeping up with rising tuitions.”
     
  • “The Jewish community has virtually disowned those of us of moderate income.”
     
  • “It has been said, only partly in jest, that the high cost of day school education promotes birth control.”
Jeff Kiderman

Why Israel Gets Little Sympathy When Terrorists Strike

06/14/2016 - 16:50
Special To The Jewish Week

When Army veteran and Vanderbilt University graduate student Taylor Force was murdered in a terror attack this past March in Israel, my colleague and fellow psychologist Dr. Jackie Weinberg and I were approached to provide guidance to the group of students and university staff with whom Taylor was touring Israel.

Irwin J. Mansdorf

Choices When The Walls Come Down

06/14/2016 - 13:22
Special To The Jewish Week

Dr. Barry Schwartz, a psychologist, delivered a Ted Talk on what he called the “explosion of choices” we now have: In his local supermarket there are seemingly endless varieties of cookies, soups, cereals and toothpastes. When it comes to health care, patients are offered “options” from which they could choose. Technology allows us to work every minute from anywhere, so when we’re not “at work” it’s our choice whether we should be.

Rabbi Mark Wildes

Jewish Leaders Should Urge Change On Child Abuse Laws

06/14/2016 - 13:20
Special To The Jewish Week

Our Torah, our history, our God demands us to pursue justice. As Jews, we are called to stand with the oppressed and the mistreated. We are endowed with a sacred responsibility to seek and pursue justice where it has been denied.

Ari Hart

One Judaism, Two Nations

06/10/2016 - 10:37
Special To The Jewish Week

Shavuot, celebrated June 12-13, is the "Rosh Hashanah of conversion." On this holiday, we read the story of Ruth the Moabitess, the first and most famous Jewish convert. As such, in Israel, in the days leading up to the holiday, there is a proliferation of events, conferences and public debates on conversion and Jewish identity.

Why Israel Gets Little Sympathy When Terrorists Strike

06/10/2016 - 10:33
Special To The Jewish Week

When Army veteran and Vanderbilt graduate student Taylor Force was murdered in a terror attack this past March in Israel, my colleague and fellow psychologist Dr. Jackie Weinberg and I were approached to provide guidance to the group of students and university staff with whom Taylor was touring Israel.

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