Opinion

One Bit Of Good News From This Summer Of Scandals

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I keep hearing my grandfather’s voice in my head: “Oy. This is bad for the Yidden” — this is bad for the Jews. This has been the summer of Jewish communal folly. The heads of two very significant communal institutions — Sol Adler at the 92nd Street Y and Willie Rapfogel at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty — were fired in the last few week because of serious scandals. Add that to the Claims Conference scandal and what you get makes this Spitzer/Weiner New York hot and blustery summer a terrible one for the Jews. It’s been a man bites dog summer.

Misha Galperin

Losing The Battle Here To Keep Russian Jews Jewish

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The warning signs came early this season, Jewish-themed post cards with veiled messianic references arriving in mailboxes throughout the Brighton Beach neighborhood.

Mordechai Tokarsky

God’s Gatekeepers: Signs Of Progress?

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

-- Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

A bitter irony of Israel’s recent election of two new chief rabbis is that the only group that really cared about it lost – again.

How Jewish GIs Observed Rosh Hashanah In World War II

08/24/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

By the end of World War II, some 550,000 American Jewish men and women had served in the military forces from the South Pacific to the European theater.

Not Enough Progress By Rabbis, Leaders On Dealing With Sexual Abuse

08/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The time for serious vigilance of child abuse in the Modern Orthodox Jewish community is long overdue. It is time that lay and religious communal leaders have zero tolerance for child abusers and cease to cover up, enable, or protect them.

Recalling Jewish Labor’s Role In The Historic March On Washington

08/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

Stuart Appelbaum

Potential Confrontation Gives Way To Dialogue

08/19/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There I was, one sunny Jerusalem afternoon, doing errands on Emek Refaim, in the German Colony of Jerusalem, about to hop on my bicycle with some money I had withdrawn from the bank to pay my children’s tutor, who was winding up the lesson. I saw an old friend of mine, walking with another friend of his. Both are rabbis who were attending one of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s summer seminars for rabbis. As Ed replied, “Hi Gil,” the friend asked, “Are you Gil Troy? I am Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu.”

Gil Troy

Shechita Controversy Has Wider Implications

08/19/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Warsaw — No matter the outcome of the current controversy over the Polish Parliament’s attempt to ban ritual slaughter — Jews and Muslims might end up losing the right to kill animals according to their respective religious traditions — the issue has symbolic and practical value both for Poland’s small Jewish community and for Jews in other countries.

Konstanty Gebert

Sins Of Commission At The Jewish Week

08/12/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last May, The Jewish Week published an Editorial (“Sins of Omission at The Times”) complaining about The New York Times’ failure, in publishing a two-part series on abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community, to credit The Jewish Week for taking the lead in reporting on these issues, calling the Times’ failure to give appropriate credit “deeply unethical.” That Editorial referred to a letter from The Jewish Week to the public editor, or ombudsman, of The Times complaining about this omission.

Julius Berman

What Abuse In The ’80s Obscures About YU Today

08/12/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent news stories about Yeshiva University bring back memories from my own experiences in the 1980s, when I attended both high school and college at YU. For me, those were positive and powerfully transformative years, with YU playing the central role. I am profoundly sad that not all of my peers had the same experience, and of course pray that deep wounds suffered by victims of abuse will be healed.

Yossi Prager
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