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

What If Israeli-Palestinian Security Coordination Ends?

The Second Intifada teaches us to be wary about claims that 'they' need it more than 'us.'

12/18/2014
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In March 2010, as part of my Zionist group’s annual week-long “Israel Symposium,” I visited Ramallah, the West Bank capital of the Palestinian Authority. As our bus wended its way into its  well-ordered main streets, we were greeted by the sight of a heavily-armed force in helmets and body armor.  Could they possibly have been assembled on our account, we wondered?  No, as was later explained, the high-profile visitor of the day was “Lula”— Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — then the President of Brazil.

The emblem of the Palestinian National Security Forces. Wikimedia Commons

Don’t Blame Bibi

12/17/2014
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Michael Oren is one of the brilliant, outstanding Israeli diplomats of our time, and he tells it like it is (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

A Two-State Solution Plan

12/17/2014
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Ambassador Michael Oren’s statements on peace with the Palestinians — “Inaction (by Israel) isn’t an option” and “Israel needs to take its fate into its own hands and come out with a political initiative that will serve its interests” — are absolutely correct (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

Don’t Just Blame The White House

12/17/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt’s illuminating column on and interview with Ambassador Michael Oren was striking for what was omitted: Any mention of the Israeli government’s role in the deterioration of what he correctly described as Israel’s “relationship with its most important ally, the U.S.” (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

Get To Work

12/17/2014
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In 1974, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a letter to Eric Hoffer, the great longshoreman-philosopher and author of “The True Believer.” Hoffer had worked hard all his life on the docks of San Francisco and as a migrant farm laborer when younger. Moynihan wrote to him:

Rabbi David Wolpe

When Journalists Are The Story

Saying a sad goodbye to some NYT stalwarts, and The New Republic.

12/17/2014
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The job of the journalist is to cover the story. In recent days, though, it seems that journalists have become the story, and not in a good way.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Festival Of Energy

12/17/2014
Editorial

Chanukah comes not a moment too soon, a chance to light up the darkness of a difficult year for Israel and its supporters. The litany of woes included the 50-day war in Gaza during which the Israel Defense Forces prevailed militarily against Hamas but lost the image battle, accused of excessive military force. There was increasing anti-Semitism and political isolation for the Jewish state, as Europe and the United Nations move toward accepting a Palestinian state without direct negotiations with Jerusalem. And there were deteriorating relations between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as personal animosity seeps into diplomatic policy.

Fiery UN Speech Falls On Deaf Ears

12/17/2014
Editorial

On Nov. 24, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor delivered a blistering condemnation of UN hypocrisy in dealing with the Jewish state. It came during a commemoration of the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and deserves attention for its important message and blunt language in a forum know for flowery rhetoric. And it merits quoting at some length because it received so little coverage.

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