Editorial & Opinion

Silencing Women's Voices: Time To Speak Up

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.


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

The Broken Tablets’ Eternal Message


On Sunday, July 5, we mark the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. The fast commences a period of mourning of The Three Week, concludes with the fast of Tisha B’Av.

The Painful Saga Of Michael Oren

His tell-all book about the Obama White House has been trashed and lauded, but is anyone really reading it?

Editor and Publisher

Michael Oren, the highly respected historian and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., has become the latest lightning rod in the bitter struggle among those who profess to know what’s best for Israel. And like the Jewish state he served as diplomat, and now as Knesset member, Oren has gone from chief unifier to deep divider for many American Jews.

'Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide'

UN Human Rights Report On Gaza: A Moral Travesty


When it comes to the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council on last summer’s war in Gaza, even some Israeli journalists have commented that it is more even-handed than past reports because it looks at Hamas violations of international law as well as Israel’s.

Abraham H. Foxman

Deepest Respect


The recent articles about Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt (June 5, June 12) are another reminder of the long and impressive history of editor Gary Rosenblatt and his reporters in examining sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in Jewish institutions, organizations and communities. No doubt this courageous editor, his staff, and the newspaper have paid a price for their crucial work — in terms of attacks and subscription cancellations.

Oren’s New Book


In  “No Way to Treat an Ally” (Editor’s column, June 19), Gary Rosenblatt leads us to the tip of a nasty iceberg that many suspected. But it took Israel’s former ambassador, Michael Oren, and his blockbuster new book to reveal [it]. The dirty secret was years of abuse and bullying of the soft-spoken, dignified, brilliant, centrist Oren as well as Israel’s prime minister by administration officials and Democratic supporters as well as the President himself.

Need Anti-BDS Website


It’s a relief to see serious funding being channeled to counter vicious BDS accusations (“Emerging BDS Fight Is Inside Jewish Community,” June 19).  But along with directing money to campus programming and arming students with talking points to factually and articulately respond to Israel bashing, I hope that funds will be channeled to create a strong, visible, search engine-optimized website that provides facts to counter the fictions promoted by BDS.

JCF Role Not To Censor


I beg to differ with my old friend, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld (“Tighten JCF Guidelines,” Letters, June 19). As a past president of Jewish Communal Fund and someone who created a donor advised fund at JCF nearly 40 years ago, my experience with JCF has been as professional as one can imagine.

Another Land To Cherish

Rabbi David Wolpe reflects on the blessings of America in his weekly column.

Special to The Jewish Week

On July 4, we should once again recall our extraordinary good fortune.  For almost 20 years I have met once a week with Kirk Douglas to study Torah.  He is now 98 years old.  I once asked him in his remarkable life, what was his greatest blessing?  “No doubt about it,” he answered, “my greatest blessing is that my parents came to America.”

Rabbi David Wolpe
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