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

Liberal Zionism And Its Discontents

08/29/2014
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Rumors of the demise of liberal Zionism are rampant, fanned most recently by Antony Lerman in last weekend’s New York Times (“The End of Liberal Zionism”).

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Robin Williams’ Soul

08/27/2014
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Regarding “A Hesped (Eulogy) For Robin Williams” (Jewish Week online): Absolutely beautiful. A confirmation that the man that few knew but many loved was indeed a kind and generous soul.
Thank you for sharing your insight and perspective. What a loving gift to his memory and for those who love him.

 

Start Younger

08/27/2014
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Birthright must shift to bringing high school age kids to Israel (“Campuses Hone Tactics As BDS Wars Loom,” Aug. 22).
Students will then arrive at college equipped with the knowledge and insights necessary to contend effectively with these challenges.

Israeli Dysfunction

08/27/2014
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As a psychiatrist who has worked with individuals suffering with addictive disorders, I find the 12-Step approach heavily relevant vis a vis the current war in Gaza.

Gazans Responsible

08/27/2014
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According to Gary Rosenblatt, most Gazans are “the victims of
circumstance” and “virtual prisoners of Hamas,” which he blames on Hamas
for initiating a war against Israel (“10 Lessons From The Gaza War,” Aug. 22).

Misdirected Interests

08/27/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt’s excellent synopsis on the status quo deserves much praise
(“10 Lessons From The Gaza War,” Aug. 22).

One can surely
question why Israeli representatives over the years did not make use of the
Hamas Covenant, with its blatant anti-Semitism. How does one negotiate with a party
whose declared position is to destroy you?

Lucid Description

08/27/2014
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Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Opinion column, “A New Paradigm For Muslim-Jewish Dialogue” (Aug. 22), is the most lucid description of the state of affairs I’ve seen in weeks. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We continue to pray.
I hope the rabbi’s assessment of the moderates is spot on. Hopefully they do not cave under pressure of the extremists. In the past few days it has become apparent that this is a war against humanity.

Misreading Muslim World

08/27/2014
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The heart of Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Opinion column, “A New Paradigm For Muslim-Jewish Dialogue” (Aug. 22), can be found, in my opinion, in the last paragraph, next to the last sentence, which reads, “Without a doubt, it is high time for the Muslims marching and even rioting in the streets of Paris and London to take a sober lesson from the playbook of their fellow Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.”.

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