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

U.S. Must Continue To Support Israel At UN


"Peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must be made at the negotiating table."

Caring For Holocaust Survivors At End-Of-Life


As a child of Holocaust survivors, I experienced two dramatically different end-of-life scenarios with my parents.  My father’s passing was extremely painful physically, emotionally and spiritually, and while he died 34 years ago, the memories and irreconcilable conditions around his death linger.  That was before hospice was readily available in the U.S.

Simplifying Reality On Iran


Regarding Edith Everett’s online Opinion piece, “Why The Iran Deal Makes Sense,” easy choices are hard to come by, and thus one often has to simplify reality
in order to justify one choice or another.

Enjoys Other Views, Up To A Point


I have always enjoyed another point of view, which I was able to get from The
Jewish Week. However, with the latest online Opinion essay, Edith Everett’s “Why the Iran Deal Makes
Sense,” you have sunken to a new low in critical thinking and in your valuation
of supporting Israel.

Wildly Wishful Thinking


Both Kenneth Bialkin’s online Opinion piece, “The Framework – A Cul-de-Sac” (http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/opinion/framework-cul-de-...), and Edith Everett’s online Opinion, “Why The Iran Deal Makes Sense” (http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/opinion/why-iran-deal-mak...), about the Iran nuclear talks, presented
cogent, hard-headed analysis against wildly wishful thinking.

Free Pass For Hate


Rockland County legislature’s majority leader, Aron Wieder, did not narrate the OJPAC (Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council) video [referred to in “Unfair Video,” Letters, April 3].

Missing Windows: An ‘Act Of Kindness’


Your headline, “The Mystery Of The Missing Stained Glass Windows” (April 3) is misleading, as there is no mystery of the windows at all.
They are being put to good use rather than having been demolished as was
their destiny. The only mystery is why Mr. [Melvyn] Freid believes he has any rights
to the windows himself to assert a claim.

Just Buy Iran’s Nukes


In response to your Editorial, “Delaying The Inevitable” (April 3), last month, the Iranian mission at the United Nations wrote the International Atomic Energy Agency an “explanatory note” protesting resolutions by the organization that had questioned Iran’s nuclear aims. The document asserts that “nuclear material in Iran has never been diverted from peaceful purposes.” In fact, it uses the word “peaceful” 11 times. It’s time to call Iran’s bluff that their nuclear program exists only to provide for its people’s electrical needs. We should calculate Iran’s annual savings from its nuclear power plants, and offer to just give them that sum — in exchange for handing over every scrap of nuclear material and infrastructure.

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