Opinion

Israelis And U.S. Jews: How Much Criticism Is Fair?

06/17/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many American Jews have insisted that a healthy, mutual friendship with Israel entails criticizing Israel. Many Israelis, especially those who work with Jews from the center and the left, have accepted those marching orders, creating paradigms about “hugging and wrestling.” And they share reassuring philosophical insights like Harvard’s Michael Sandel’s teaching that embarrassment reflects belonging — Syrian brutality does not embarrass us: Israel’s milder mistakes do.

Gil Troy

Tel Aviv Youth Center Shooting Was a Hate Crime

06/11/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Nearly four years ago, on August 1, 2009, a horrific shooting at the Bar Noar LGBTQ youth center in Tel Aviv injured dozens of teens and killed 27 year old youth counselor Nir Katz and 16-year-old Liz Trubishi. The tragic event struck fear in the LGBT community and deeply shook LGBT people and straight allies worldwide.

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen

Israel’s Resiliency Through A Teen’s Eyes

06/10/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This past April, my granddaughter, Eliana, and her eighth-grade class at the Solomon Schechter School in Manhattan spent two weeks in Israel. This is something Schechter graduating classes throughout the country do, and it is a wonderful trip.

Francine Klagsbrun

Rising Jewish Poverty Redoubles Obligation To Help

06/10/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Like people in other faiths and traditions, Jews feel an obligation to help the poor. When we lived in an ancient agricultural society, people left the corners of their fields untouched, anyone could eat from your land in a year of shmita and there were offerings at the Temple that the poor could partake in freely.

Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld and Alex Roth-Kahn

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: I Didn't Show Up, And I Regret It

06/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Maybe I could oversleep. Does public transportation even run at 6 a.m.? Or maybe I could convince my friend that she didn’t want to go and use the excuse that I couldn’t go alone. Am I too old to blame my mom for not letting me go? All valid (kind of) reasons why I could theoretically miss this morning’s Rosh Chodesh Tammuz prayers with Women of the Wall.

Rachel Frank

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: Showing Up For Women Of The Wall

06/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I woke up this morning at 5:35 a.m., hopped on my bicycle, and pedaled toward downtown Jerusalem.  I quickly locked up my bike and boarded a police-escorted miniature bus headed toward the Kotel.

Marc Hendel

Israel’s Reliance On Israel Bonds: A Sure Thing

06/05/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A word that is in frequent use these days is “uncertain.” Whether in the context of the economy, global events or the outlook for the future, “uncertain” has become synonymous with the times.  

The Public Deserves Clarity On Torture

06/05/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The United States has tortured political detainees. This question is no longer in dispute, thanks to a much-publicized 500-page report released last month by the high-level, bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment (http://detaineetaskforce.org/report), convened by The Constitution Project. The report painfully recounts the use of interrogation techniques that the U.S. had previously condemned as illegal, including some cases in which torture even led to death.

New View Of Romemu And The Israel Question

06/05/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Can Jewish religious life be full and fulfilling with no connection to Israel? Must a connection to a concrete Israel live separate from synagogue worship? Should our religious rituals ignore Israel in any way other than the metaphorical, or should it accept that the establishment of the State of Israel affected not just Jews but also Judaism itself?

Our Debt To The Red Army: Now It Can Be Told

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent 20th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington began with a fitting display of American patriotism and Jewish gratitude.

David E. Fishman
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