Opinion

Another Inspirational And Marred Inaugural

01/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I have complained about Presidential Inaugurals for years, and I have finally decided to write the letter--my own, as it were, “Inaugural Address”. I love watching the inauguration of our presidents; I’m awed by the pageantry and inspired by words that invariably invoke the best of what this country is, was and strives to become. Through speeches and poetry and song, I am reminded of the enduring nature of our founding documents, which contain lofty notions that transcend even the humanity and wisdom of the authors themselves--notions of inclusion, community and freedom that have served us for more than two hundred years.

Stan Musial And Me

01/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The baseball great Stan Musial passed away this week and, with his passing, a piece of my past died, as well.

Allow me to explain. I am named after my great-grandfather, Shmuel Aryeh Poplack. For some reason, however, my father did not like the name Samuel, the corresponding English name for Shmuel.

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin

The Real Story Behind Tu b’Shvat

01/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

In many Jewish communities, there is a custom to eat dried fruit from the Land of Israel on Tu b’Shvat (the 15th of Shvat). It marks the “New Year” for the fruit of the trees, and this year it falls on Jan. 26.

Elli Fischer

Memo To The Next Knesset: Get To Know American Jewry

Israeli media coverage of American Jewish life is mostly confined to the ebb and flow of the Israel lobby in Washington.

01/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

American Jews didn’t vote in this week’s Israeli elections, but many decisions made by the newly elected 19th Knesset will directly affect the Jewish community here.

Soldiers pass by campaign posters of Labor party leader Sheli Ehimovitch ahead of Israel's Jan. 22 elections. Getty Images

Jewish Schools Can Lead In STEM Education

01/15/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

My high school engineering classroom feels like the downtown loft of a high-tech start-up.

Double Standard On Campus Drinking At Northwestern

01/15/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

When Dovid Hillel Klein, a prominent rabbi with the Chabad chasidic Jewish movement, served as the guest chaplain at the opening of the House of Representatives’ April 2010 session, he related a pearl of wisdom that he’d first heard at a comedy show at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Republicans And Democrats, Israeli Style

01/10/2013

When Bill Clinton was President of the United States, many in Israel thought he would most fit to be their Prime Minister. In 2012 we watched the high involvement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Republican presidential campaign, and for a moment it looked like he would be a more suitable candidate than Mitt Romney.

As Jewish Power Ebbs, A New Form Of Influence?

01/08/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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Power is both illusive and real, but it is never stagnant. 

Possibly never before in American Jewish history could we find Jews as divided around political priorities and even party affiliation. While the majority of Jews remain liberal, there are growing pockets of Republican Party activists, Tea Party members, and political independents.

Steven Windmueller

How To Help Newtown’s Grieving Families

01/08/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, several people wondering how they can help the families who lost young children contacted me, because my family suffered its own tragedy.

Sherri Mandell

Hopes For 2013, As Time Goes By

01/08/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I once edited a book of stories by William Saroyan called “I Used to Believe I Had Forever, Now I’m Not So Sure.” The title came to mind recently as I prepared my desk calendar for 2013, 

Francine Klagsbrun
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