Opinion

The God Particle

11/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

On the night Hurricane Sandy roared in, as two giant trees sandwiched my house and pierced the garage roof, it felt like the world itself was crashing down. We were seeing before our eyes an undoing of the primordial act of order. In Genesis, a wind brought about a separation of earthly and heavenly waters, and then a separation of water from dry land. But with Sandy, the waters of the deep appeared to be reclaiming that coastline and undoing that initial act of separation.

Joshua Hammerman

Between Light And Darkness: Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

11/04/2012

Decades ago, when I worked with several Jewish outreach organizations, the emotional highlight of every weekend Shabbaton was the Havdalah ceremony, the termination and climax of the Sabbath. As in summer camp as well, there was the flame from the candles illuminating our faces in a timeless light; there was singing and swaying together arm in arm and inevitably, our moist cheeks reflecting both the joy of what we had experienced together, and the sorrow of losing it.

Key Factor In Jewish Engagement Isn’t Cost

11/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

With national attention riveted in recent weeks on factors swaying voting decisions — the impact of debates, the effectiveness of television advertisements, the marketing of candidates and the spinning of news and pseudo-news — one key influence tends to be overlooked: political scientists have demonstrated just how important peers are in determining our decisions to go to the polls and which lever we actually will pull. 

Striving For Accessible And Relevant Jewish Education

11/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

For the past several summers, sports, crafts and music have taken their place next to cooking, dancing and playing games for dozens of young children at Camp Nitzan in Teaneck, N.J.    

Harlene Winnick Appelman

Progress On `The Other Peace Process’

11/01/2012

Kadi Iyad Zahalka, the judge of the Muslim Shariya court in Jerusalem of the state of Israel, and I were grateful for the opportunity to be able to present our ideas about “the other peace process” to a number of New York audiences in recent days.

The God Particle In All Of Us

11/01/2012

On the night Hurricane Sandy roared in, as two giant trees sandwiched my house and pierced the garage roof, it felt like the world itself was crashing down.  We were seeing before our eyes an undoing of the primordial act of order.  In Genesis, a wind brought about a separation of earthly and heavenly waters, and then a separation of water from dry land.  But with Sandy, the waters of the deep appeared to be reclaiming that coastline and undoing that initial act of separation.

On Election Eve, A Rabbi Senses Anger

Differences Of Opinion Are Acceptable; Divisiveness Between People Is Not

10/31/2012

I am not endorsing a candidate for the November 6 election.  I do have a strong opinion but that opinion is personal.

The reason for this message is because I sense a great deal of emotion – actually, anger – in the Jewish community as it faces a critical choice for America.  The anger is beneath the surface but every once in a while it reveals itself in vituperative and mean-spirited language that is expressed between otherwise well-meaning people.

A Call To Keep The Faith With Ethiopian Olim

After arrival in Israel, Ethiopian Jews are optimistic, but need further help

10/28/2012

Unfortunately, Jewish Men Do

10/25/2012

There is a t-shirt that someone bought for me last year that has the words “Rabbis” and “Cheshvan” printed on it along with a huge heart. This t-shirt, created by Rabbi Rachel Silverman, acknowledges that once the Hebrew month of Tishrei and all of its holidays are finally complete, we rabbis fall in love with Cheshvan. It is no secret that the month is usually a lot quieter and easier for us.

Netanyahu Needs His Own Etch-a-Sketch

10/23/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to the temptation he has felt all this year — to shatter the gridlock in his sprawling, multi-party cabinet by calling an early election for Jan. 22. If he can win a bigger majority in the Knesset, he can handpick more of his own ministers.

That election date comes about four months before Netanyahu’s deadline for a fateful decision on how to stop Iran’s steadily advancing uranium enrichment — the “red line” he drew with a magic marker at the United Nations in New York two weeks ago.

Dan Raviv. Photo CBS News
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