Opinion

We Are All The Other

02/26/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Last month, children were attacked while riding the public bus home from school in Jerusalem. They were 6th graders, students of the Max Ryne Hand in Hand bilingual school for Jewish and Arab students. Some of the bus riders were disturbed that these children were speaking Arabic among themselves.

Shuli Dichter

‘Every Child Has Something To Offer’

02/26/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

“My name is Jacob Wiener. I am from Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y. I am almost 15 years old. I have PDD-NOS and bipolar syndrome. The American Disabilities Act allows me to go to school…”

Susan Wiener says her son, Jacob, who has bipolar syndrome, is her teacher about acceptance.

Israel Doesn’t Want Me

A convert -- also a Reform rabbi -- is saddened, but not surprised that Israel is questioning Orthodox conversions.

02/26/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I read with concern and sadness about some American Jews who want to make aliyah, and whose Orthodox conversions, performed years ago in the U.S., are now being questioned by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and its Ministry of Interior (“New Convert Snub By Israel Fuels Fresh Anger Here,” Feb. 8).

Rabbi Heidi Hoover

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
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