Opinion

Rising Jewish Poverty Redoubles Obligation To Help

06/11/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Like people in other faiths and traditions, Jews feel an obligation to help the poor. When we lived in an ancient agricultural society, people left the corners of their fields untouched, anyone could eat from your land in a year of shmita and there were offerings at the Temple that the poor could partake in freely.

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld and Alex Roth-Kahn

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: I Didn't Show Up, And I Regret It

06/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Maybe I could oversleep. Does public transportation even run at 6 a.m.? Or maybe I could convince my friend that she didn’t want to go and use the excuse that I couldn’t go alone. Am I too old to blame my mom for not letting me go? All valid (kind of) reasons why I could theoretically miss this morning’s Rosh Chodesh Tammuz prayers with Women of the Wall.

Rachel Frank

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: Showing Up For Women Of The Wall

06/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I woke up this morning at 5:35 a.m., hopped on my bicycle, and pedaled toward downtown Jerusalem.  I quickly locked up my bike and boarded a police-escorted miniature bus headed toward the Kotel.

Marc Hendel

Israel’s Reliance On Israel Bonds: A Sure Thing

06/06/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

A word that is in frequent use these days is “uncertain.” Whether in the context of the economy, global events or the outlook for the future, “uncertain” has become synonymous with the times.  

The Public Deserves Clarity On Torture

06/06/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The United States has tortured political detainees. This question is no longer in dispute, thanks to a much-publicized 500-page report released last month by the high-level, bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment (http://detaineetaskforce.org/report), convened by The Constitution Project. The report painfully recounts the use of interrogation techniques that the U.S. had previously condemned as illegal, including some cases in which torture even led to death.

New View Of Romemu And The Israel Question

06/06/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Can Jewish religious life be full and fulfilling with no connection to Israel? Must a connection to a concrete Israel live separate from synagogue worship? Should our religious rituals ignore Israel in any way other than the metaphorical, or should it accept that the establishment of the State of Israel affected not just Jews but also Judaism itself?

Our Debt To The Red Army: Now It Can Be Told

06/04/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent 20th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington began with a fitting display of American patriotism and Jewish gratitude.

David E. Fishman

Does A Thriving Israel Still Need Our Support?

06/04/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel has been much in the news lately, and a good portion of the coverage over the past months has been good. That in itself is news.

A recent Bloomberg survey showed that the Israeli shekel is currently among the strongest of 31 major currencies, a result of the booming economy. Also in May, after decades of Israel importing every drop of fuel, natural gas began to flow from the Mediterranean.

Melvyn H. Bloom

Orthodox Women Reach A Milestone

Maharot will perform virtually all the same pastoral and spiritual functions as male rabbis, plus some.

05/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Orthodox women are making history in front of our eyes. On June 16, three women will be ordained to serve, in effect, as Orthodox rabbis, given the title of Maharat (an acronym for the Hebrew words meaning leader in legal, spiritual and Torah matters).

Zelda R. Stern and Elana Maryles Sztokman.

Jewish Day Camps: The Choice For Families

05/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Spring is here and it’s time to dream and plan for summer. 

No, we haven’t been dreaming about the beach or surfing the Internet for exotic destinations; our sights are much closer to home.

Melanie Schneider and Jill Mendelson
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