Opinion

‘Every Child Has Something To Offer’

04/03/2013
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 author with her son Jacob.

Europe Must Designate Hezbollah A Terrorist Group

04/03/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

For years, the European Union avoided talking about designating Hezbollah as a terrorist group, in part because Hezbollah was not blowing up things on the continent.

Matthew Levitt

Opposing NYC Circumcision Rule Does More Harm Than Good

03/29/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The challenge to New York City’s informed consent rule for Metziza B’Pe (MBP) should never have been brought. The rule it challenges, requiring informed consent by the parents before a mohel orally suctions blood directly from the circumcision incision, imposes, at most, the lightest of burdens on religious liberty. It does not forbid MBP or even bar mohelim from announcing their disagreement with the Department of Health’s risk assessment.

Long-Term Needs In The Wake Of Disasters

03/28/2013
Special To The jewish Week

The immense, costly damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year continues to affect communities along the East Coast. Yet, as is common with severe disasters, after the initial shock and subsequent media coverage dissipate, so too does philanthropic support. Jewish families are not immune to this problem. With this understanding, the Jim Joseph Foundation board of directors awarded grants to help families return to a sense of normalcy by accessing the Jewish education experiences that are integral to their lives.

Are We Missing Israel’s Big Moment This Year?

03/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

For all the handwringing about Israel’s standing in the American Jewish community, the community is missing a major opportunity to celebrate Israel and reframe the conversation.

Gil Troy

Passover, A Jewish Gift To The World

03/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, who served as chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary from 1940 to 1972, spoke with pride about the contributions that Jews and Judaism have made to humanity in the areas of ethics, social justice and religion. Judaism has something important to say to the world, he believed, and should say it loudly and clearly.

Arnold M. Eisen

Fracking Not The Answer To Energy Security

03/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Energy companies are bombarding us with television commercials that claim hydrofracking, the controversial form of drilling for natural gas, should be allowed in New York State to increase America’s energy security. 

A Passover Recipe That’s Good Year ‘Round

03/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

What’s the most sought-after information regarding Passover? Is it, A, where to find a great new Haggadah? B, how to keep kids engaged during the seder? C, trying to appreciate the meaning of freedom? Or maybe D, something as provocative as the debate about whether the events portrayed in the Book of Exodus are historically accurate? Actually, the answer is E, none of the above.

The Fifth Child

03/19/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

On Passover we read about the Four Children, each of whom approaches the seder experience from a different angle. We are called upon to explain the Exodus story in the manner most developmentally appropriate for each child.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Woman, Mom, Rabbi: You Can Have It All

03/19/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

When I was a junior in high school I wrote a term paper on mothers who work outside of the home. I cannot believe that 20 years later, we are still having similar conversations. Between Melissa Mayer’s controversial declaration that employees of Yahoo may not have the option to telecommute, and the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s upcoming book, “Lean-In,” the conversations continue not far from where they left off from last summer.

Rabbi Rachel Ain
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