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

Remembering Ruth Gruber

11/30/2016 - 09:59

Your fine article on Ruth Gruber could not possibly include all the ways in which this amazing woman impacted the world, so I should like to add a few words about her efforts on behalf of Ethiopian Jews (“100 Years Of Asking Questions,” Nov. 25).

Too Easy On JFNA

11/30/2016 - 09:58

Re: “JFNA Dragged Into Bannon Debate” (Nov. 25).

The tone and tenor of this piece, particularly the unchallenged false claim by an unnamed JFNA spokesperson that the primary resistance they’ve gotten regarding [the appointment of Steve] Bannon is from [the pro-BDS group] Jewish Voice for Peace, plays right into their attempts to pretend that this is no big deal and sweep it under the rug.

Shift Within ADL

11/30/2016 - 09:58

In the article, “ADL Chief Takes Stand Against Bannon” (Nov. 25), I was misquoted as stating ADL’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt’s criticism of Bannon “was beyond the pale.”

ADL Path Consistent

11/30/2016 - 09:57

We served as national chairs of the Anti-Defamation League and had the privilege to work with Abe Foxman as national director. We participated in the selection of Jonathan Greenblatt as Abe’s successor and continue our involvement in ADL.

Getting And Spending

11/30/2016 - 09:47

There are different kinds of worth. This is illustrated in the old story of an entrepreneur who approaches a fisherman with an idea for a business. He can sell his catch for a higher price, buy a bigger boat, franchise, make a fortune and live a life of leisure. “What would I do with all that money and leisure?” he asks. “Why, you can spend your life lazing in a boat, fishing!”

David Wolpe

Struggling For ‘The Middle Way’ In A World Of Extremes

11/30/2016 - 09:43
Editor and Publisher

Can you feel the center collapsing all around you?

Looking to the left and to the right — politically and religiously, here and in Israel — I see the gap widening at an increasingly rapid rate. The search for The Golden Mean, the desirable balance between extremes in our lives and worldview advocated by the Rambam (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, the 12th-century philosopher), seems unattainable.

Gary Rosenblatt

Don’t ‘Read All About It’

11/30/2016 - 09:42

With increasing numbers of readers expecting to get their news for free, things are tough enough for the newspaper business. Now comes “fake news,” or, more accurately, “deliberately distorted information,” which is especially appealing to readers because its content is so provocative. But it can have a disastrous impact on our society because its intent is to deceive and confuse the reader.

Who By Fire?

11/29/2016 - 16:14
Special To The Jewish Week

Where is Leonard Cohen when we need his maudlin adaptation of our most famous Yom Kippur refrain: “Who by fire?” Little did we realize when we recited it in prayer this past Yom Kippur that it was not merely moving medieval prose but a signal to pay attention to all of the ways that danger will strike us in our beloved homeland this year.

Erica Brown
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