Opinion

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

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

Anatomy Of A Debate: Jewish Values And The Boycott Israel Movement

01/03/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

New York Medical College (NYMC), founded in 1860, is a health sciences university which recently joined the Touro College and University system – the largest university in the United States under Jewish auspices. I was appointed Chancellor of NYMC in 2012. 

Lessons from Tragedy: Moving Forward After The Sandy Hook Shooting

01/03/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Many years ago I dated a woman who was the child of Holocaust survivors. My potential future in-laws were elderly and were closer in age to my grandparents than my parents. I went to ask a great rabbi if this was cause for concern.  He responded, “Who really knows who is old and who is young?”  We have all learned with recent events that being just 6 years old can in fact be “very old.”

Getting A Communal Conversation Started

01/02/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Remember the old jokes that began, “A rabbi and a priest walk into a bar…?”

That pairing is still more likely than bringing a chasid from Williamsburg, a Modern Orthodox accountant from Riverdale, a Russian programmer from Staten Island, a Jewish Buddhist artist from Park Slope and an intermarried realtor from Suffolk County to sit down and discuss Jewish identity.

Jewish Religious Pluralism Is A Destructive Idea

01/02/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The slogan of “religious pluralism” has become a banner around which the American Jewish community has gathered and found common purpose. Pluralism — being accepting of and equating all ideologies and religious expressions — seems to be a wonderfully progressive idea in which all but the most “bigoted” or “narrow-minded” Jewish  religious fanatics (read hareidi, Orthodox) can find common cause.

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