Ezra Schwartz, The Violence We Mourn, And The Violence We Support

12/02/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Suppose you read in today’s newspaper that a heavily armed gang had run amok inside Israel, demolishing “Yossi Cohen’s” home, among others, and abducting some of the residents – including children – before anyone could stop them.

Suppose that Yossi Cohen and his neighbors began to fight back. Suppose that they had wounded and killed some of the gang. Suppose, finally, that in the midst of their struggle, they killed a young man who, though not actually participating in bloodshed, was bringing provisions to those who were.

An Israeli soldier holds a Palestinian flag after a Palestinian protest against Israeli occupation on Nov. 29. Getty Images

Which People Are Included In Jewish Peoplehood?

11/30/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Several years ago Beit Hatfutsot (Israel’s Diaspora Museum) began planning its renewal under the leadership of board chair Irina Nevzlin. From the outset it was clear that in redesigning the museum there were many items that would stay because they occupy a special place in our visitors’ hearts. If you have visited, you probably remember the lovely models of old synagogues from around the world, or perhaps a diorama of Lublin or Salonika. Those, it was clear, would remain.

Dan Tadmor

Chanukah Wants You!

11/30/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Do you find yourself longing for greater peace, and a bit more light, in what often feels like an increasingly dark and confusing time? Given the events of the passing weeks and months, that’s not surprising. In fact, how could it be otherwise? That is why the holiday of Chanukah has never been more important than it is this year.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Are Islamic Terrorists Crazy?

11/29/2015 - 19:00

I know madness; I know it intimately.

Lessons Learned From Orthodoxy’s Dramatic Growth

11/29/2015 - 19:00

Since 1990, Orthodoxy in America has departed in dramatic fashion from patterns displayed by the other religious denominations and in fact, since 1990, the number of Orthodox Jewish congregants in the U.S. has at least doubled, the Jewish engagement indicators have moved higher, and their average age has declined.

Orthodoxy is shedding those that identify with it only "nominally." Via wikipedia.org

Ezra Schwartz, Robert Kraft, And Acts Of Chesed

11/28/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

"It could have been me."

That is how a number of us have responded to the murder of 18-year-old Ezra Schwartz by Palestinian terrorists.  Like many Jewish day school graduates, Ezra was experiencing his "year in Israel" rite of passage before matriculating to college. The tragedy hit home; we felt directly the pain, fear and anxiety tormenting the State of Israel and its citizens.

Ezra Schwartz

The Art Of Making Conversation

Or, a simple plan to avoid the dreaded discussions about colleges this Thanksgiving.

11/24/2015 - 19:00

Editor's Note: Fresh Ink For Teens is a community and website whose content is written exclusively by high school students. Topics cover everything relevant to a teen’s life, through a Jewish lens.

As a senior in high school, I’m on the last lap of my college application race. Most of my applications are submitted; I’ve finished begging my teachers for recommendations and bombarding advisors with questions (Where exactly on the application did they put the send button? was my favorite email request).

"How 'bout them Mets?" is one way to distract your well-meaning relatives from asking about college. CC image courtesy of Flickr

Lonely In The Center

11/23/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In my “Chair’s Corner” column in the Summer 2010 issue of the Anti-Defamation League’s Frontline magazine, I observed that “it’s lonely in the center,” and bemoaned that “the world is getting more and more polarized.” 

Robert Sugarman

Denominational Déjà Vu

11/23/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Back in February 2001, an article I wrote for Moment Magazine caused quite a stir. Its thesis was that since the Conservative movement’s claim to halachic integrity was not supported by fact, Conservative Jews who respect Jewish religious law should consider joining Orthodox communities. Understandably, it was disturbing to some. Much of the uproar, however, was likely caused by the incendiary headline Moment insisted on giving the piece. I had titled it “Time to Come Home”; Moment ran it under a large, bold headline reading “The Conservative Lie.”

Rabbi Avi Shafran
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