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

Borowitz And Heschel: Divergent Paths Taken

02/10/2016 - 16:54
Special To The Jewish Week

Some religious migrations are fulfilled. Others are truncated before they start. I refer to the remarkable contrast in the spiritual itineraries of the influential theologian, Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, who died last month at 91, and Rabbi Abraham Heschel, who died in 1972, as they pertained to the Hebrew Union College (Reform) and Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative).

Rabbi Gerald Zelizer

Dancing On The Graves Of The Dead

Joint Arab List members betray Jewish Israelis, and their own supporters.

02/10/2016 - 10:22
Contributing Editor

The Knesset was right to suspend three Arab lawmakers this week — they are guilty of a sickening act of contempt for the public they are meant to serve. 

Knesset member Haneen Zoabi was one of the Arab legislators to meet with the families of terrorists. Via Twitter.com

Intrigued By Jerry Lewis

02/10/2016 - 10:18

Steve Lipman’s informative article, “Jerry Lewis’ Unseen Holocaust Comedy Brought To Light” (Jan. 15), made
me aware that the comedian undertook, but never completed, a film titled “The Day The Clown Cried.”

Finding The Right Clergy

02/10/2016 - 10:17

Thank you so much for bringing attention to the important topic of helping interfaith families find clergy for their lifecycle events. We appreciate the nod to the “established model” of InterfaithFamily’s Jewish clergy officiation referral service, but your reference (“Unorthodox Celebrations,” Jan. 25) is inaccurate and incomplete.

Real Times Or Fake Times?

02/10/2016 - 10:14

Regarding last week’s story “Fake NY Times ‘Supplement’ Trashes Israel”: The most frightening thing about this “supplement” is that most of us would not have been surprised if those articles appeared in the real New York Times. Indeed, they bear some similarities to ones that already have.

Online comment

Short-sighted Kotel Deal

02/10/2016 - 09:38

A few crucial factual corrections are needed to Michele Chabin’s article (“Prayer Deal Opens Rift Among Jewish Feminists,” Feb. 5). Women’s prayer services at the Kotel [carried out] with three of four of our [Women of the Wall’s] original goals — group prayer, [reciting prayers] aloud and the option of donning tallit and tefillin — have been held regularly, without incident, since the historic ruling of Judge Moshe Sobel in 2013.

God Is Not Your Business Partner

02/10/2016 - 09:33

The first chapter in the Bible in which God’s name does not appear is the 23rd chapter of Genesis. The chapter recounts the deal that Abraham strikes with Ephron to buy Me’arat ha-Machpela, the land on which Sarah and Abraham and their descendants will be buried.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Israel’s UN Ambassador: A Contradiction In Terms

Danny Danon would seem to be the unlikeliest of choices to be Israel’s ambassador to the UN.

02/10/2016 - 09:31
Editor and Publisher

Danny Danon would seem to be the unlikeliest of choices to be Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, especially at such a sensitive time for Jerusalem in terms of its image in the international community.

Gary Rosenblatt
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