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

Peres Without Tears

“You are as young as your dreams,” Shimon Peres observed. “Let the past rest quietly.”

09/29/2016 - 14:07
Editor and Publisher

When I emailed an Israeli journalist friend the other day, asking him to write a piece on what Shimon Peres meant to the Jewish state, he begged off, noting that he was still too angry over Peres’ role in the Oslo Accords.

Shimon Peres, the Israeli President at the time, speaks to an Israeli aid team in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. Getty

Thoughts On Justice

09/28/2016 - 16:41

Last week’s parsha (Torah portion) includes the well-known phrase “tzedek, tzedek tirdof” (justice, justice you should pursue). It is often quoted as a clarion call for righteousness in the Jewish tradition and was quoted at the end of Gary Rosenblatt’s column (Sept. 9).

Hidden Message?

09/28/2016 - 16:39

I was surprised that your editorial, “Standing Up To Ideological Bullies” (Sept. 9) ignored relevant points in a published letter, such as the assertion and widespread belief that Gary Rosenblatt was wrong in stating that Rabbi Blumofe’s visit to Arafat’s grave is an issue over which we can “disagree.”

What Was He Thinking?

09/28/2016 - 16:38

The editor’s column on the controversy over a [proposed] visit to Arafat’s grave in Ramallah by a Texas congregation (“Anatomy Of A Takedown,” Sept. 2) ends: “Rabbi Blumofe sadly noted, ‘it takes years to build a healthy community and a moment to rip it apart.’”

On Brain Death

09/28/2016 - 16:36

Dr. Kenneth Prager considers it a “shameful state of affairs” that greatly respected poskim, or decisors of Jewish religious law — including such greatly respected decisors as Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and Rabbi Aaron Soloveitchik, of blessed memory; and contemporary poskim like Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Dovid Cohen and Rabbi J. David Bleich, consider “brain death” something less than actual death (Opinion, Sept. 2).

Heschel’s Moral Compass

09/28/2016 - 16:34

Thank you to the editor for a provocative, interesting and troubling column (“What Would Heschel Do?” Sept. 9).

Critic Of Refugees

09/28/2016 - 16:29

Jewish support for Islamic immigration is Jewish support for Jewish emigration. (“Amid Terror, Refugee Advocates Seek Balance,” Sept. 23)

We should learn from France, where our Jewish brothers and sisters are fleeing to Israel because of the anti-Semitism that came along with the Muslim refugees who came to France.

Upset With Professor Diner

09/28/2016 - 16:22

I was appalled, but not surprised, about the latest Jewish professor’s attitude towards Israel (“NYU Prof Spurs Fresh Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12). For an academic, in history, you would expect context, but I guess that is too much to expect.

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