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

Temple Mount Wishes

04/24/2014
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Rabbi Richman is devoting his efforts towards the Temple Mount and a possible Third Temple (“Mounting A Challenge To The Status Quo,” April 11). I would like to remind all of us what the result was of the First Temple. For seven years, King Solomon taxed the people to such an extent that it helped create the major split in our ranks and exacerbated the division with the northern tribes; his son Reheboam, continued the taxing practice which led to disaster.

Misleading Ramapo Headline

04/24/2014
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The headline on the April 11 story about the East Ramapo public school district, “It’s Now Orthodox vs. Orthodox In Ramapo,” is stretching the truth. In contrast to the membership and Orthodox electorate of the school district, how many of them are affiliated with Uri L’Tzedek?

Frightened By BDS

04/24/2014
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Your editorial “Making Mischief Of The Parade” (April 11) is understandable as a plea for unity and inclusiveness. However, it ridicules and excludes those who are frightened by the growth of BDS.

Parade Politics

04/24/2014
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In response to the online Opinion piece by Stephanie Ives, “Why New Israel Fund
Is Marching For Israel,” there is opposition to NIF participation in the
Israel unity parade because some of its grantees boycott products produced
beyond Israel’s 1949 armistice line. Such boycotts, unlike that of cottage
cheese, and of stores open on Shabbat by the very observant, as mentioned by the
author as justification, are far different. These are out of religious
conviction or to lower the price of an item. Boycotts of “settlement
products” perpetuated by the far left are organized and meant to cripple
existing businesses based upon ideological differences.

Pluralistic Voices Needed

04/24/2014
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I applaud the efforts of the Ruderman Foundation in bringing greater
awareness of American Jewish life to Israeli leaders (“Schooling The
Knesset,” Between The Lines, April 9). Especially valuable was the discussion of the various
denominations and the limitations of a denominational system in serving Klal
Yisrael. I am concerned, however, that those very limitations were reflected
in the makeup of the discussants. It would have been valuable to all
concerned, and particularly enlightening to the Israeli leaders in
attendance, to have included representatives of post-denominational and
pluralistic institutions in the gathering.

Social Injustice: Unfair Portrayal Of Ramapo School Board

04/24/2014
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It was Albert Camus’ insight that bad things often result from ignorance, and that “good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

Seder Connects To Ancient Tradition

04/24/2014
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It is with great sadness that I read your article on how some of our young
people are not going to seders (“Passover Seder Losing Steam As Key Marker Of Affiliation,” April 9).
A seder done traditionally is a wonderful experience that can evoke
discussion around the table on the very fundamental issue of freedom. It’s an
issue that is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.

Seder Tsuris

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