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

Shabbat, For Body And Soul

Special To The Jewish Week

Late there has been a spate of articles about howmuch people work. Those who spend more time atthe office are apparently less healthy than those whowork moderately.

Rabbi David Wolpe

America’s Demands Were Dropped


Your Editorial, “Fight Fair On Iran Deal” (Aug. 7) is undoubtedly right when it says that, when it comes to reviewing President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, “American lawmakers should cast their votes based on conscience, not party loyalty.”

Take Iran Seriously


Gary Rosenblatt gives us the important information that American Jewish opposition to the Iran deal comes mainly from knowledgeable Jewish activists with ties to Israel (“Iran Deal Driving Jews Farther Apart,” Aug. 14).

Israelis Divided, Too


 There’s so much talk about the split within the American Jewish community (“Iran Deal Driving Jews Farther Apart,” Aug. 14).

Cantors Thriving


 At HUC-JIR’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, where we just admitted one of our largest classes in recent years, the cantorate is in a process of continuous renewal (“Where Have All The Cantors Gone?” Culture View column, Aug. 28).

Respectful Of The Process


As a Reconstructionist rabbi, I don’t know how the faculty of the seminary that ordained me will ultimately decide the policy question [over ordaining intermarried rabbis] though I have deeply appreciated the depth of study, discussion, and rabbinic debate that has informed hundreds of conversations on the subject (“Will Other Movements Follow?” Aug. 21).

Hugs For Nadler


I propose a communal hug for Rep. Jerry Nadler, for his many years of inspiring service in the Congress, past, present and future (“Nadler’s Iran Vote Unleashes Vitriol,” Aug. 28).

‘Air Tight’?


Rep. Nadler said that “for the next 15 years there are “air-tight assurances they (Iran) can’t get a bomb” (Nadler’s Iran Vote Unleashes Vitriol,” Aug. 28).
Really? Inspectors are not allowed to inspect Iranian military sites. How “air tight” is that?

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