Opinion

Speak Out For Change On Child Abuse Laws

05/26/2016 - 16:32

Our Torah, our history, and our God demand 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.

Rabbi Ari Hart

LGBT Inclusion: A Quest For Dignity

05/26/2016 - 12:05

I had the honor and privilege to staff the recent fourth annual Eshel Parent Retreat.  Eshel is a community and support organization for LGBT Jews and their families in the Orthodox community.  I spent Shabbat with more than 50 Orthodox Jewish parents of LGBT children, all of whom attended the retreat with tremendous courage and out of incredible love for their children. 

Jeremy Novich. Via jeremynovichpsyd.com

Democratic Party Platform On Israel: Problem Or Opportunity?

05/26/2016 - 11:54

There is understandable concern in the Jewish community these days surrounding the appointment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party’s Platform Drafting Committee of outspoken critics of Israeli government policies -- Jim Zogby, Rep. Keith Ellison, and especially Cornel West.   They are entitled to provide input, of course, but the committee as a whole will determine final language.  That said, the platform drafters would be performing a service if they avoid pandering and assert realistic positions in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. 

Martin Raffel

The Role Of Memory On Memorial Day

05/24/2016 - 17:36

You might have a hard time relating to Memorial Day (May 30), like I used to. Even though my grandfather and father were soldiers in the two World Wars, ours was not a military family. I didn’t know any soldiers, none of my friends were soldiers, nobody I knew in my community. Viet Nam was over by the time I was in high school. It was a time of relative peace and quiet.

Sherri Mandell

The Three Teachers Who Most Influenced My Rabbinate

05/24/2016 - 17:10

Thirty five years ago this week, I ascended the bima at Congregation Emanuel of the City of New York, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, of blessed memory, placed his hands on my head and ordained me as a rabbi.

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

Day Schools Should Emphasize Secular Education

05/24/2016 - 12:38
Special To The Jewish Week

Note: Following is an excerpt from remarks delivered at the Hannah Senesh Day School Gala in April.

What I’m about to say may seem provocative and critical of the day school world, and even your work, but I hope that you understand that my words come from Ahavat Yisrael [love of Jews].

Michael Steinhardt

Will The Supreme Court Let Faith Make Children Unsafe?

05/24/2016 - 10:23
Special To The Jewish Week

Should all children’s playgrounds be made as safe as possible, or should some be denied safety improvements because of bigotry? This question is at the core of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. We at the Orthodox Union argued to the justices that they must strike down an antiquated anti-religious amendment to state constitutions for the safety and well-being of America’s religious citizens.

Nathan J. Diament


Ethiopian Jews In Israel: 25 Years Later, A Mixed Report

05/23/2016 - 14:25

Twenty-five years ago this week, 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

Speak Out For Change On Child Abuse Laws

05/23/2016 - 14:01

Our Torah, our history, and our God demand 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.

Rabbi Ari Hart

When Campus Activism Becomes The Politics Of Exclusion

05/17/2016 - 14:53
Special To The Jewish Week

From coast to coast, movements for social justice on American campuses are increasingly taking an alarming turn. Some activists, preeminently Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), have begun enforcing a crude ideological purity in ways profoundly at odds with the principles of open debate and inclusive discussion that define the academy. SJP and allied groups not only seek to isolate Israel economically, academically, and culturally through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and they not only disrupt events related to Israel or featuring Israelis, SJP now also aims to prohibit Hillel, the central support for Jewish life on campus, along with its affiliates, from engaging in social justice work.

Marcia Kupfer and  David Ellenson
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