Opinion

Honeymoon Israel: Birthright For Young Marrieds

06/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s now summer and judging from the “For Sale” signs that have popped up like dandelions on suburban lawns, the real estate market seems to be in full swing. As anyone who has purchased a home can tell you, an essential part of the home purchasing experience is the dreaded inspection report.

Lubavitcher Rebbe Lives On Through His Good Works

06/30/2014 - 20:00

The Talmud (Ta’anit 5b) teaches us that the Biblical Jacob never died, despite the eulogies that were delivered in the presence of his mortally deceased body. His impact continues so long as his children, the Jewish people, endure.

Israel's PR War

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bret Stephens talks about the threats to Israel, and its world image, at a JW forum.

An Open Letter To President-elect Rivlin

06/23/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I congratulate Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin on his election to the presidency of our beloved State of Israel. He is now president-elect of the only Jewish nation in the world, and the symbolic leader of the world’s most diverse Jewish community. The State of Israel was founded to build a creative and inspiring Jewish and democratic homeland that offers its people a bright, welcoming and inclusive future. He follows a particularly strong predecessor, President Shimon Peres, whose inspired statesmanship brought together divergent streams of people for the good of Israel.

Aaron Pankin

Not All Orthodox Rabbis Oppose Civil Marriage In Israel

06/23/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Jewish Week reported last month on an initiative called iREP, created by the Jewish Federations of North America, to “limit or end Orthodox control of personal-status issues such as marriage, divorce, conversion and burial,” beginning with support for civil marriage in Israel.

Elli Fischer

We Need A Culture Shift On Aging

06/16/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Several weeks ago, just shy of her 98th birthday, my beloved grandmother passed away. While I naturally feel sadness and grief, I also feel a profound sense of gratitude, faith, and resolution. My grandmother — Nana, as we called her — lived a rich and productive life. She made a lasting imprint on all who knew her, and for the better part of her existence she was healthy and actively engaged in community life. Her final five years were characterized by the losses and ailments people typically face as they age, yet she still found ways to connect with others and make valuable contributions to her community.

Lauren Epstein

On-Demand Judaism: Observing When It’s Convenient

06/16/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Something new to worry about: It began with the conversation with one of my oldest friends, who is a trustee of the Metropolitan Opera. She noted that ticket sales were down due to the fact that people do not like to commit to subscriptions, which requires them to be in attendance at a performance at a certain time on a certain evening. She also noted that her cousin, who works for the National Theatre in London, had told her that all of the performing arts are in trouble because we live today in an on-demand world.

Joseph R. Rackman

Jewish Americans Should Care About Refugees Today

06/16/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last year, just 36 of the nearly three million Syrian refugees were resettled in the United States. To give some context, in the same year, 658 people summited Mt. Everest, a number 18 times greater than the amount of people who escaped Syria and made it to America.

An Alternative To Palestinian Intransigence?

06/09/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On a recent field trip with my students in what some people call the West Bank and others call Samaria, we noticed a roadblock preventing access to a Palestinian Arab town we often pass through. Later on, when the roadblock was lifted, we spoke with Israeli soldiers at the Tapuach checkpoint, where a 25-year-old Arab man with 12 pipe bombs underneath a long coat was apprehended, prompting the earlier roadblock.

Irwin J. Mansdorf

Is Sexism Still Alive In The Newsroom?

06/09/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘What do you think of the Jill Abramson firing?” my dentist asked as she pressed a long scary needle into my gum to numb the tooth she was about to drill. “Ouch!” I cried, from the instant pain of the needle — and the lingering pain of the firing.

Francine Klagsbrun
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