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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.”.