Rosh Hashanah Reflections: Planning For The Future


Miryam Rabner 

Rosh Hashanah is a time of celebration with family and friends. Our rich tradition and liturgy prompt us as individuals and as a community to pause and reflect about who we are and what our lives represent.

Unlocking Hearts, Minds And Rosh HaShanah Itself

Special To The Jewish Week

Will there be a synagogue in America this Rosh HaShanah not abuzz with conversation about the upcoming vote on the Iran nuclear deal? And from how many pulpits will those attending such synagogues not hear at least one sermon about the very same topic? Based on reports from literally hundreds of rabbis across the nation, the answer is very few. 

Brad Hirschfield

What I Saw On The Migrants’ Road To Budapest


Budapest — As our car rolled slowly toward Budapest, we saw a huge group heading in the opposite direction on the highway just outside the city: Hundreds of people quietly walking in the breakdown lane, marching toward freedom and peace.

Migrants walking along a motorway near the southern Hungarian village of Roszke, Sept. 7, 2015. JTA

Israel Should First Take Care Of Its African Refugees

Special To The Jewish Week

There has been much talk within the Jewish community and among leaders in Israel about supporting and inviting some of the Syrian refugees to Israel or to America. Jews have big hearts and Jewish organizations like to give their donors the opportunity to do good. But I’d like to point out some problems I see regarding the question of helping the Syrian refugees.

Joey Low

Is A U.S. Non-Profit Funding Jewish Israeli Terrorism?

The rabbinic human rights organization T’ruah has requested an investigation of the U.S. fundraising arm of Honenu.

Special To The Jewish Week

At the end of August, T’ruah — the organization I lead — submitted a request to the New York Attorney General’s office to investigate whether the U.S. fundraising arm of Honenu and its fiscal sponsor, The Central Fund of Israel (both based in New York) are violating the conditions of tax exempt status by funding cash payments to Israelis accused or convicted of terrorism.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

On Iran Deal, Making Room For Dissent


There is a reason as Jews that we like to laugh at the old saying, “two Jews, three opinions.” As a people and as individuals, we aren’t exactly timid about voicing our views. Jewish culture thrives on a good argument. Love of dissent and dialogue is what makes Talmudic tradition – built on give and take and back and forth – so strong. It is probably embedded deeply in our DNA.

Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, left and Stephen P. Seiden, right.

Human Rights Is a Sacred Cause, Not A Pro-Israel Message

Special to The Jewish Week

Advancing human rights around the world should be consistently high on the Jewish community’s advocacy agenda. Grounded in our basic religious values and historical experiences as a persecuted people, this effort can and should be undertaken with deep conviction. I long have wanted the Jewish community to be more active and visible in this space.

Martin Raffel

The Many Israelis In The Middle

Special To The Jewish Week

We all know that Israeli society is deeply polarized, with religious fanatics combating secular extremists. We all know that Orthodox rabbis dismiss Reform and Conservative rabbis, as most Israelis reject Judaism out of disgust for this Orthodox zealotry. We all know that the openness, tolerance, pluralism, and broad religious spectrum characterizing American Judaism is sadly lacking in Israel’s narrow, intolerant, all-or-nothing Judaism. Or do we?

Gil Troy

How Will Jews Be Different In 2050?

Special To The Jewish Week

For close watchers of the Jewish community, peering into the future (and fretting about it, as Jews seem to be a people whose DNA includes a built-in “worrier” gene) seems to be an occupational hazard. The most recent Pew surveys provide a glimpse, especially when it comes to the finding that the millennial generation is unmoored from formal institutions of all kinds, including Jewish ones. But the surveys raise as many questions as they answer.

Steven Windmueller

For U.S., A Lost Opportunity For Mideast Stability

Special To The Jewish Week

The Obama administration’s policy toward Iran — the attempt to engage Tehran in the vain hope that the regime will somehow transform itself into a useful and productive member of the community of nations — represents a lost opportunity. Given the unrest in the Middle East, the administration had the chance to reshape the geopolitical contours of the region in a way that would have advanced American interests and assured regional stability for decades to come. That prospect has been squandered.

Menachem Genack
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