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

Kotel Deal Cuts Both Ways

02/09/2016 - 15:50
Special To The Jewish Week

I have mixed feelings about the “historic” compromise reached about a week ago in Israel creating a new, egalitarian prayer space south of the Western Wall plaza. Worked out with the Israeli government by representatives of the Reform and Conservative movements, Women of the Wall and others, the compromise will create a large area for the liberal denominations and for the Women of the Wall to hold prayer services. The government and the Jewish Agency will fund the section, a precedent, perhaps, for official recognition of the non-Orthodox denominations in Israel.

Francine Klagsbrun

The Wood Of The Ark

02/09/2016 - 11:27
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 5:07 p.m.
Torah:  Ex. 25:1- 27:19
Haftorah: I Kings 5:26-6:13.                     
Havdalah: 6:09 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

President Obama: Religious Freedom Keeps Us Strong

In an exclusive op-ed for RNS, Obama calls for religious freedom for all faiths, "We are one American family."

02/08/2016 - 17:02

Ed. Note: The President's visit last week to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, his first to a mosque in the U.S. as president, was hailed as a welcome celebration of religious diversity by many. In the Jewish community the visit was met with a mixed response with some quarters of the Jewish community praising it as a stand for religious diversity, and others voicing strong criticism for the choice of mosque. In the wake of his visit, the president wrote this exclusive op-ed for RNS, republished here for our readers.

President Barack Obama greets attendees after speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Feb. 3, 2016. Getty Images

Intrigued By Jerry Lewis

02/03/2016 - 09:21

Steve Lipman’s informative article, “Jerry Lewis’ Unseen Holocaust Comedy Brought To Light” (Jan. 15), made
me aware that the comedian undertook, but never completed, a film titled “The Day The Clown Cried.”

Not Required Reading

02/03/2016 - 09:20

Regarding Michele Chabin’s article, “This Romance Is Too Hot” (Jan. 8): Ms. Chabin is good enough to point out that the government exercised no censorship [in this tale of an Arab-Jewish love story]. It simply took the book off the list of required readings for high school students. Nevertheless, your article suggested that those who object to its removal from that list were narrow-minded people who did not appreciate young people reaching out to other people.

A Different ‘Outrage’

02/03/2016 - 09:18

“Where’s The Outrage” (Jan. 22) was an excellent Editorial criticizing the lack of public and Jewish outrage over the epidemic of maimings and murders of Israelis, as well as BDS activities and other forms of attack.

In Defense Of Yiddish

02/03/2016 - 09:17

I was terribly disappointed to read your article about Donald Trump’s use of Yiddish, and was even more disappointed that the point of the article seems to denigrate Yiddish (“Shvitzing Over Trump’s Embrace Of The Mamaloshen,” Jan. 1).

‘One Kotel, One People’

02/03/2016 - 09:16

All Jews should take pride in the historic compromise reached by the Israeli government this week in providing dignified access for prayer at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest place.

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