Editorial & Opinion

Silencing Women's Voices: Time To Speak Up

02/15/2013
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.

02/14/2013

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

You Can't Bat Mitzvah Your Daughter -- Or Bar Mitzvah Your Son

09/15/2014
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You can’t Bat Mitzvah your daughter.

DJ's and photographers (and many rabbis) are not going to like this, but the truth needs to be said ...

Rabbi Mendel Teldson

Standing Our Ground On Wearing Kipot In Public

09/11/2014
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“A yarmulke is an indoor garment.”  Ask any male Ramaz graduate from the 1940’s through the mid-‘60’s and he will recognize that declaration as one with which we – and others of our age – grew up.  We didn’t wear kipot outside.  We wore hats or no head covering.  Essentially, we didn’t identify as Jews in the street, a street that was not entirely welcoming to us.  It was a time of overt or covert anti-Semitism and we were acculturated to be aware of it and respond accordingly.

Jews stand their ground about wearing kipot in public. Getty Images.

Undermining Abbas

09/10/2014
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Congratulations, you hit the nail on the head with that [page 1] headline, “Cease-Fire Hinges On Strength Of Abbas” (Aug. 29).

Liberals Opening Their Eyes

09/10/2014
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Ted Merwin came close to recognizing the problem, but missed the point in his essay, “The End Of Jewish Liberalism?” (Aug. 29)

U.S. Naïve About Iran

09/10/2014
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I totally disagree with Robert Einhorn’s optimistic perspective on the negotiations to terminate Iran’s nuclear capability (“Iran Arms Expert: Progress Seen In Talks,” Aug. 8).

Disrespectful Language

09/10/2014
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The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights rightly condemns
 “beastilization,” the likening of Jews to barnyard animals, as a form of
anti-Semitism (“From BDS To Beastilization,” Aug. 29). For the same reason, we should
avoid likening Muslims and Christians to grass, or killing them to “mowing the
lawn.”

A People Apart?

09/10/2014
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Erica Brown’s timely and insightful essay, “Alone Again” (Sept. 5), describes a reality that a majority of Jews simply refuse to acknowledge.

Contradictions On Mideast Conflict

09/10/2014
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Martin Raffel’s column (“After The Gaza War: Back To The Two-State Solution,” Sept. 5) supports a laudable objective but otherwise seems
mired in contradictions.

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