Opinion

Rabbi Steven Rein: A U.S. Air Force Chaplain On Chanukah And The Morality Of War

12/10/2012

Serving our country as a chaplain is, in many respects, about living with a great tension. Chaplains serve as visible reminders of the holy – the antithesis to war and conflict. Yet the very people I serve and the uniform I wear represents the harsh reality of battles and self-sacrifice, even if in the pursuit of freedom and liberty. Indeed, both to the soldiers I counsel and my congregants at Park Avenue Synagogue, I have long sought to reconcile our desire to pursue peace, in full knowledge that, as Ecclesiastes states: “There is a time for war.”

Rabbi Steven Rein

Pillar Of Defense: NYU's Pro-Israel Student Group's Response

12/07/2012

When crisis overtook the Israel-Gaza border on November 14th, we, as New York University’s pro-Israel political organization, were committed to reaffirming our staunch support for the State of Israel. Our fellow students are aware of what we have accomplished, and we wish to inform the greater community as well.

At NYU, our organization is made up of 10 board members, 16 committee members, and over 200 active volunteers. Although our university contains over 19,000 undergraduate students, we maintain a vibrant and productive presence.

Progressive Rabbi: Bnai Jeshurun Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message

12/07/2012

Here is my message to my colleagues, the rabbis of B'nai Jeshurun:

I read with dismay your letter about the UN vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message. 

More Than Meets The Eye

12/04/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There is more to you than meets the eye. The same can be said for every person in the world, and every situation in which we find ourselves, be it personally, in our families, our communities, our nation or our world. 

Brad Hirschfield

GA Reflects Federations’ Innovative Efforts

12/04/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Several weeks ago, more than 3,000 Jewish communal professional and volunteer leaders converged in Baltimore for the 81st annual General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America. Each year, the GA helps re-energize our community around the federations’ timeless mission, to care for people in need at home, in Israel and around the world, and to nurture and sustain our community for the future.

Jerry Silverman

UN Legitimizes Palestinian Terror Regimes

12/03/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to make ‘Palestine’ a ‘non-member state’ of the UN. This has done no less than legitimize the two Palestinian regimes that promote terrorism, murdering Jews and Israel’s destruction. How can the world claim to be fighting terrorism when it has just declared that two terrorist regimes should enjoy sovereignty?

Jewish Responsibility For Those Beyond Our Own Community

11/30/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

What I Saw During `Operation Pillar Of Defense’

11/29/2012

Four years ago, watching the coverage of Operation Cast Lead from the comfort of my dorm, I was a conflicted college student. As supportive as I was of Israel, I still found it painful any time I heard about civilian casualties in Gaza. What I saw portrayed in the media didn't add up: on the one hand I knew that the IDF was engaged in careful efforts to prevent civilian casualties, despite Hamas's strategy of fighting from amongst its own civilian population. Yet the media made it seem like the IDF was actively targeting civilians.

Nira Lee

Avoiding The Jewish Fiscal Cliff

A collaborative approach for improving the effectiveness of Jewish philanthropy

11/28/2012

The other main Capitol Hill sport these days (after obsessive coverage of the Petraeus scandal) is how the government can avoid the impending Fiscal Cliff. A similarly serious financial challenge lurks in the future of the Jewish Community – namely, how how do we better balance our books and continue to fund and maintain an engaging, vibrant and thriving Jewish community worldwide? We may not be running toward a cliff, but a slide to the bottom of the hill leaves you in the same place.

Remembering Ginga: A Holocaust Survivor's Eulogy

11/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Our grandmother, Regina Littman Sperling, passed away on October 14th at age 88. Because the number of Holocaust survivors is sadly and rapidly dwindling, we wanted to share some memories about what a unique and blessed life she lived and what her loss means to us.

We called her Ginga, because when Jen was a baby I couldn’t say Regina, so I started to call her that, and it has been her name ever since.

Born Rebecca, Rivkah Leah, in 1924 in Bolechov, Poland, she was a teenager when the Holocaust began. 

Regina Littman Sperling with her husband, Leon, in the 1990s.
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