For Progressives, A False Dichotomy On Israel

02/02/2016 - 15:32
Special To The Jewish Week

Conflicted young Jews who feel caught between the progressive values we hold in our DNA and an increasingly radical “left” agenda that demonizes all things Israel may have come to another fork in the road. The silencing of activists from Jerusalem Open House at the Creating Change conference last week sent a signal to those of us at the intersection of an American Jewish community struggling with its relationship to Israel, and an LGBTQ movement trying to deepen its solidarity with other liberation movements around the world.

David Shmidt Chapman

Future Technology Can Open Windows To Our Past

02/02/2016 - 13:02
Special To The Jewish Week

A century from now, a child will be able to ask Pinchas Gutter, a Holocaust survivor, about his experiences and hear him tell his story. Or at least a 3-D hologram, created after hours of recordings, will be able to respond to questions posed to him by a generation that will have grown up after the last survivor has passed away.

Gideon Taylor

`Mishpatim’ – Judaism Abhors Child Abuse

02/01/2016 - 17:12

Just after the giving of the Law at Sinai, the Torah presents us with an assortment of laws, some criminal, some civil and some purely religious.

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

Why Israel Is Frustrated With American Jewish Leaders

Fringe Israeli voices that polarize and demonize our society are given legitimacy and resources in America.

01/27/2016 - 09:14
Special To The Jewish Week

In Jerusalem, I read Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Frustration With Israel Is Growing Here At Home” (Jan. 8), with my own sense of frustration regarding American Jews and Israel. I have regular conversations with North American Jewish leaders. Many of them take too many cues from the loud but marginal voices in Israel, getting a very distorted view of reality and missing the big picture. 

Gerald M. Steinberg

The Right Way To Deal With A Sexual Advance

Take the person in distress seriously, and help them speak when they can't speak for themselves.

01/26/2016 - 13:25
Special To The Jewish Week

Twenty years ago, my Hillel rabbi, a bearded man in a black suit with a velvet kipa who presented himself as a committed Orthodox Jew, invited me to the Hillel building one evening to hang out with him and some other students. When I arrived, the building was dark, and he and I sat down to wait for the others. We chatted for a while, but when the other students didn’t arrive, I suggested that I call them to see when they were coming.

Gillian Steinberg

A Call To Welcome Asylum Seekers From Central America

01/26/2016 - 11:08
Special To The Jewish Week

The Jewish people descended from Hebrew slaves who took refuge in the wilderness. We fled Europe during World War II. We know the heart of the refugee yearning to be free. And so our hearts are heavy that more than 120 people have been taken into custody in the last several weeks since the Department of Homeland Security announced its plan to deport families who had sought asylum from Central American countries, including Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Mark Hetfield

Toward ‘Radical Transparency’ In Philanthropy

01/19/2016 - 12:41
Special To The Jewish Week

William O. Douglas, the longest-serving U.S. Supreme Court justice, said that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” But as a proverbial Jewish mother might note, too much sunlight can also give you skin cancer.

Andres Spokoiny

Sacrificing Victims On The Altars Of Silence And Power

01/19/2016 - 12:37
Special To The Jewish Week

Stories about sexual violence and rabbis behaving badly continue to make headlines. These incidents are not restricted to the Jewish world; sexual violence and abuse of power know no boundaries of faith. Yet Jewish communities are left with questions begging to be answered: How do we react to these crimes? How should we react?

Guila Benchimol

By ‘New York Values’ Did Ted Cruz Mean ‘Jewish’? (Commentary)

01/19/2016 - 10:27

I’m Jewish. And while it’s true I wasn’t born in New York City to native New York parents, which according to English common law precludes my being considered a natural-born New Yorker, I grew up in Montclair, N.J., from which my father commuted into the City every day to work, eventually at The New York Times.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates businessman Donald Trump, left, and Texas Sen. RNS

Rejecting MLK’s `Dream’ Means No Hope For Future

01/18/2016 - 13:05

This Martin Luther King birthday holiday, a new nihilism is gripping the African-American community. As the accolades for Ta-Nehisi Coates mount – a MacArthur “genius” grant, the National Book Award – is anyone willing to defend what he mocks as “The Dream?”

Gil Troy
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