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.
Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.
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.
Thank you for your article by Hannah Dreyfus on the importance of pre-marital sex education (“The Joy of Sex Ed,” July 17). It is heartening to see that The Jewish Week recognizes developments in the Orthodox world as we seek to strengthen that most fundamental and challenging cornerstone of Jewish life — an intimate, harmonious and halachically-strong marital relationship.
As our community still reels in sorrow over the tragic death of Fayge Mayer (“We Tried To Be There For Her,” July 24), we face the question of lessons learned, how we can possibly construct meaning from horrific loss.
Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Fault Lines Widen As Iran Deal Debate Intensifies” (July 24) noted that “the majority of American Jews appear to support” the Iran deal. As evidence, you cited a J Street poll claiming that 59 percent of American Jews “are in favor” of the deal. In fact, that poll was taken at the beginning of June, six weeks before the agreement was reached.
It would be nice if our elected political leaders read the Iran nuclear agreement before they attacked it and the international negotiators and allies that brought it forward for their review and approval (“A Deal With The Devil,” Editorial, July 17).
We are survivor leaders from across the U.S. who participated in the recent Claims Conference meetings (“Claims Conference Facing New Pressures,” July 17). There is a huge disconnect between the work of the Claims Conference and what is reported in the press. In each of our communities, New York, South Florida, and Boston, we see the difference that the Claims Conference is making.
At a time of so much worrisome news, from the prospect of an enriched and emboldened Iran to the deepening Washington-Jerusalem rift, allow us to note two positive events this week: the opening of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, and what the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel called “a small but hopeful moment in Israeli society” that took place in Jerusalem.