Editorial & Opinion

Silencing Women's Voices: Time To Speak Up

02/14/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I was riveted by the recent story of an Orthodox Israeli young woman, Ophir Ben-Shetreet, who sang beautifully on the Israeli talent-search program, “The Voice,” and as a result was suspended from her Orthodox school for two weeks because of the prohibition against women singing in public if men are present.  Ophir’s performance and evident charm inspired people around the country.  The judges praised her as “modest” and “pure,” and she could serve as a role model for young Orthodox women who feel the desire to express themselves and develop their talents.  Instead, she was condemned.

'The Heritage Of All Israel'

Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.
02/13/2013 - 19:00

Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

Ruth Calderone

Upset At Friends Supporting Trump

07/27/2016 - 09:38

How disturbing it is to see many of my friends and people that I thought to be intelligent openly endorse Donald Trump or any Republican who spews hate against women, the poor, immigrants and religious groups (“Jews For Trump,” July 22).

Trump’s Behavior

07/27/2016 - 09:37

I write in response to Jonathan Mark’s column (“Jews for Trump: Shh! Don’t Tell!” July 22).

The sub-headline implies that Jews who support Trump do so in secret because they fear being shamed “from the left.” Political leanings are irrelevant. Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, never accused of being “from the left,” correctly characterizes Trump’s second-natured ability to tell lies as being “postmodern, in that they have no connection to a foundational concept of truth.”

ADL On Black Lives Matter

07/27/2016 - 09:36

We need to set the record straight on several points raised in a recent letter taking issue with the Anti-Defamation League’s efforts to advocate for the fair treatment of African-Americans at the hands of police (“Critical Of #BlackLivesMatter,” Letters, July 22).

Actions Shape Our Souls

07/27/2016 - 09:34

Judaism is often called a tradition of deed, not of creed. It is certainly true that Judaism emphasizes one’s actions. The Torah assumes that the heart will always be divided, and no one can erase the negative thoughts or bad intentions that accompany us throughout our lives. We show our nobility not by being consistently pure in thought, but by choosing to act in accord with our higher ideals.

Rabbi David Wolpe

How Trump Would Shake Up Mideast Policy

07/27/2016 - 09:11
Editor and Publisher

Like many Orthodox Jews here, David Friedman, a successful attorney who lives in the Five Towns, is an outspoken supporter of Israel who feels the Obama administration has been a disaster in terms of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Gary Rosenblatt

With Three Months To Go

07/27/2016 - 09:10

After a chaotic Republican National Convention notable for who was not in attendance among party leaders as well as who was, the Democrats were hoping for a more civil affair. But the strains between the pro-Clinton and pro-Sanders factions were evident on the first day when mentions of Hillary Clinton drew loud boos from the Sanders activists. And even before the festivities started, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, was forced to resign over a leaked e-mail from a top DNC official. It indicated attempts to hurt Sanders’ cause

Mikvah Bill At Center Of Religious Equality

07/26/2016 - 12:49

Keynoting a 1999 conference of Modern Orthodox Jews, a prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi began his remarks by stating “God forbid that we should have a halachic state.” Before continuing, he repeated the comment for emphasis.

Drs. Dov Zakheim and Steven Bayme

Succeeding at Succession: Joshua’s Appointment

07/26/2016 - 11:58
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 7:55 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftara: I King 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 8:55 p.m.

The greatest test of a successful leader may come not while in office, but after.  Many a talented leader failed to preserve their legacy for want of a well-thought out transition. Parashat Pinchas conveys important lessons on creating effective successors.

Rachel Friedman
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