The Lanner Scandal: A Case Study

What the community, after allegations of voyeurism at the mikvah, can learn from past episodes of abuse.

11/24/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The revelation that one of the most respected rabbis in our community is alleged to be an abusive peeping tom has come as a shock. Unfortunately, the allegations against Rabbi Barry Freundel in Washington, D.C., are but the latest in a long string of abuse cases that have come to light over the past few decades. The one thing that they all have in common is that they all had warning signs. There were always things that did not seem right or behavior that was bizarre. Many people were holding pieces of the puzzle but there was no one to put them all together. This is the crux of the crisis facing our community. How do we protect our children and institutions from those who seek to abuse others?

Steve Burg

Dealing With Israel’s Arab Minority In Times Of Stress

11/24/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Tensions between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens have risen dramatically in the wake of the Gaza war last summer and the recent violence in and around Jerusalem, especially the murderous attack on the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood. This is not unexpected. Those who carried out the synagogue attack came not from Gaza or the West Bank, but from Jerusalem.

Martin Raffel

Is Israel Giving Way To Fear, Rage And Xenophobia?

11/24/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The past few weeks in Jerusalem have witnessed a horrible series of attacks culminating in last Tuesday’s terrorist assault on a synagogue that took five lives. Now, Israelis from the government down must figure out their response.

Alan Elsner

How Our Synagogue Is Attracting Young Adults

People want not only connections but also meaning.

11/19/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Professors Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer shared their assessment of the “Shrinking Jewish Middle And How To Expand It” (Opinion, Nov. 14), and not surprisingly, they focused on what Conservative and Reform synagogues should do to reverse the trend. Their conclusion was that the effort should be made as well in attracting those in their 20s and 30s. What was new was the emphasis on expanding Jewish social networks that link Jews to one another by offering meaningful Jewish content, and ensuring that peers are at the same stage of life to address common challenges.

Rabbi Rachel Ain

The Akedah Bind

11/17/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Jews didn’t need to celebrate Halloween this year to experience the chills of the season. We had more than enough chills reading the Torah portion, Vayeira, two weeks ago, with its terrifying story of the Akedah, the Binding of Isaac. God tells Abraham to take his beloved son Isaac and sacrifice him to the Lord. Abraham’s passivity makes us shudder. The man who argued with God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah says nothing when commanded to offer up his own child. We have to wonder whether this father bears any resemblance to the dreadfully sick people we sometimes read about who murder their own children after hearing “voices” ordering them to do so.

Francine Klagsbrun

Four Steps To Combat Arab-Jewish Hatred

11/17/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the past few months the already tenuous relationship between Jews and Arabs has been put to the test once again. This is, above all, a human issue — one concerning appropriate relations between people who live side by side. But it also raises an important practical and political issue: At a time when countries across the Middle East are collapsing to their ethnic and tribal foundations, there is no guarantee that the State of Israel will be immune from such a process. It’s one that is dangerous for the Arab minority and the Jewish majority alike.

Yair Sheleg

The Jewish Women's Archive Redefines The 'Sandwich Generation'

11/16/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the past few years, it’s begun to creep into my conversations – along with talk of elementary schools and work-life balance and recommendations for excellent eye cream – this term, “sandwich generation.” It’s a useful turn of phrase to refer to those of us who feel squeezed between the simultaneous needs of our aging parents and our growing children. It doesn’t connote a positive squeeze like a hug; it’s really more of a strangle.

Judith Rosenbaum

Anti-Semitism Is A Real-life Drama

Living with my French cousin exposed me to the fears of Jews living in France.

11/11/2014 - 19:00

In September I went with my school to protest the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer” at Lincoln Center in New York City. A woman approached me and asked what Klinghoffer had to do with the Met and what our protest was about. I explained to her that in 1985 terrorists hijacked an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, and shot and killed the wheelchair-bound passenger Leon Klinghoffer. The Met’s fall schedule included an opera that the protestors believed romanticized his murder and glorified terrorism.

Parisian Dan Dray with his sister-in-law, Joanna.

The Importance Of A Global Day Of Jewish Learning

11/10/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Jewish knowledge is not just good to have. It is essential. Some may think that knowledge belongs to scholars, religious leaders and the elite. Not so in Judaism. For us, study is an essential demand upon everyone.

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
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