Opinion

Ryan’s Proposals Lack Jewish Values

08/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Since Rep. Paul Ryan was chosen as former Gov. Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate, commentators across the political spectrum have been discussing Ryan’s ideas. We are told that Ryan’s ideas are “bold” and even “courageous” for confronting our fiscal challenges. Less discussed, however, are the human costs of those policy proposals. It’s important to remember that the ends do not always justify the means. As women and as Jews, we oppose them, and we urge others to do the same.

Right to left: Nancy Ratzan, Millie Sernovitz and Barbara Dobkin.

Religious Freedom Has Limits, For Good Reason

08/21/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent Catholic manifesto for religious freedom, “Protecting Consciences” (www.usccb.org/conscience), presents a view that seems hard to contest: “What we ask is nothing more than the right to follow our consciences as we live the life of our teachings.”  Yet, it cannot be that simple when one person’s conscience directs him to discriminate. Determining when our laws should tolerate religiously motivated discrimination is actually a nuanced question.

Michael J. Broyde

Israel Should Not Deport South Sudanese Christians

08/21/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, a flight left Tel Aviv carrying about 100 South Sudanese Christians to Juba, the capital of the newly declared state of South Sudan. This was the latest in a series of flights that began earlier this summer, carrying nearly 1,000 men, women and children, including families who had lived for several years in Israel. Fewer than 500 South Sudanese Christians now remain in Israel. As peaceful individuals and natural allies to the Jewish state, they should not be deported to an unsafe situation, but should be treated as the friends to Israel they are.

Heather Robinson

The Divide Between Israel And The U.S. Greater Than We Think

08/20/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

I write this editorial as I depart from Israel. I was here for four days to see the country, to better understand it and its people. I met with religious leaders and government officials, spoke to regular Israelis, and soaked in the sites that make Israel a cradle of civilization. I met with numerous leaders here, including Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset.

Councilman Dan Halloran

Orthodox Gays Need Allies, Not Just Compassion

08/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

A few months ago, a young Orthodox rabbi decided to “come out of the closet,” in a sense, when he publicly identified himself as an “LGBT ally,” referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice group, and a director of the UCLA Hillel, explained that he felt he had been quiet for too long and wanted to say what he felt was the truth.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg

Answering To A Lower Authority

08/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The newswire is abuzz with the recent class-action lawsuit filed against Hebrew National by a group of plaintiffs alleging that Hebrew National’s hotdogs and other meats failed to live up to their lofty billing.

Michael A. Helfand

Where I Agree And Disagree With President Obama On Israel

08/09/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Although I truly believe President Barack Obama has had good intentions in his policies toward Israel, and has accomplished much in the region, there are several key respects where he could have been — and still can be — a greater friend to Israel.

Grace Meng

Learning From Our Children

08/09/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

It is a sunny Shabbat afternoon in early August at Camp Ramah in California. The oldest Machon campers have finished lunch, enjoyed some free time, and have reconvened on the hill under a large tree for their Shabbat afternoon learning session. I am honored to be this week’s guest teacher, and I take the opportunity to talk to 75 fifteen-year-olds about an incident that put Ramah in the national news over the last two weeks.

Rabbi Mitch Cohen

Post-Munich, Israel’s Response To The ‘72 Terror Attack

08/07/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The London Olympics began with great hoopla two weeks ago. The spectacular opening had the Queen escorted by James Bond, wildly dancing nurses and flying Mary Poppins figures. It had Paul McCartney and J.K. Rowling, a Scottish village, a Shakespearean reading, and an Olympic torch that had traveled 8,000 miles in a boat. It had everything, except the one thing it should have had — a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the German Olympics 40 years ago.

Francine Klagsbrun

The Cost Of Change

08/07/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Christiane Montouri, writing on the Cambridge Leadership Associate’s blog, makes an analogy between species adaptation and organizational change.

She writes: “When a species adapts, it gives up a small portion of its DNA, usually only about 5 percent. However, giving up the DNA that is hindering adaptation and survival not only gets rid of what is getting in the way, but also makes room for new DNA that can survive in the changing reality.”

Maya Bernstein
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