Opinion

Creating A New Vision For Israel On Campus

02/19/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

On Jan. 27, Aaron David Miller, a Middle East analyst and an adviser to six secretaries of state, spoke to arguably the most important people in the American Jewish community. They were not lay leaders, rabbis or presidents of Jewish organizations.

Ryan Yuffe

Giving Attention To Israel’s Enemies

02/19/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Decades ago, while serving on the faculty at Yeshiva University, I publicly voiced my dismay that the late Meir Kahane, a rabbi known for his ugly racism and hatred of Arabs, had been a featured speaker on campus.

Steven Bayme

Pope Benedict Is Principled, Frustrating

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, effective the end of February, and there are many ways to think about the significance of the event, including both the challenges and the opportunities in Catholic-Jewish relations that may come in the wake of his resignation.

The Teacher Who Hated Lies

Remembering David Hartman.

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Growing up, David Hartman was not a good student. Born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn to poor immigrants from Jerusalem, his teachers often told him he would never amount to anything. He was accepted to Yeshiva University because of his skills in basketball, not academics.

Koch Did Much For NYC, But Didn’t Save It From Bankruptcy

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Ed Koch’s exuberance and larger-than-life presence embodied the spirit of New York, and he did much to elevate the spirit of the city.

Sol Wachtler

New Israeli-Palestinian Textbook Study: A Historical Perspective

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

‘A clash between two just causes.” As a young student in Jerusalem in 1968, I can still vividly remember hearing that description of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the first time.

Martin Raffel

Queen Esther, A Wise And Wily Woman

02/05/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

With each reading of the Purim Megillah, Esther becomes for me more daring, more intelligent and more heroic than ever before. Lately I’ve been wondering what the extreme Orthodox rabbis in Israel and elsewhere might make of this woman if they were to meet her today.

Francine Klagsbrun

To Serve Children With Disabilities, We Must Invest In Our Professionals

02/07/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

All Jewish children, regardless of their skills and abilities, should get a shot at Jewish life. It’s their birthright. Jewish children with disabilities should no longer be denied access to Jewish day schools and other institutions. But for that to happen, we need to use best practices.

Reform Movement Promotes Young Leadership

02/07/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I  read Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg’s Opinion piece, “Forever Young? Community Relegates Adults to ‘Kids’ Table” (Feb. 1) and was intrigued by her assessment that organizations “must find ways to engage and cultivate genuine new leadership” rather than relegating young leaders to the proverbial “kids’ table.” I couldn’t agree more, which is why I felt inspired to share the very positive experiences I’ve been fortunate to have as a young lay leader in the Reform Movement.

To Revitalize Conservative Jewry, Build On Camp Ramah

02/05/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Those of us who have grown up in the Conservative movement have heard the conventional wisdom for years — Camp Ramah is the best and most successful program that the movement ever developed. We would even hear this from Jews across the spectrum who admire with envy this jewel of a program that formed lifetime bonds among alumni and created a community of knowledgeable, proud, energized, committed, Zionist young Jews.

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