Editorial & Opinion

We’ve Lost Our Sense Of Outrage

09/13/2016 - 23:17

Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Anatomy Of A Takedown” (Sept. 2), depicts conduct which could fairly be described as rash and undiplomatic.

More Jewish Education For Israeli Kids

09/13/2016 - 23:16

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett made headlines this week when he said that “studying Judaism and excelling in it is more important to me than studying math and sciences.”

A Good Day At The UN

09/13/2016 - 23:15

On hearing that the United Nations was hosting a daylong forum last week on global anti-Semitism, a colleague asked, “for it or against it?”

Peak Experiences

09/13/2016 - 23:08

During the Limmud South Africa conference, I had a chance to go on a two-day safari. The experience of seeing rhinos and elephants and lions and zebras outside of a zoo is exhilarating. But it is also a religious obligation.

Rabbi David Wolpe

On BDS, Bring More Minority Students To Israel


David Makovsky, a former U.S. official in the Office of the Secretary of State involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations (2013-14), is the Ziegler distinguished fellow and director of the Washington Institute for Near East Peace Policy Project on the Middle East Peace Process.

09/13/2016 - 23:06
Special To The Jewish Week

Over the last eight years I have made more than 120 campuse visits around the country, from large state universities to small colleges, talking about Israel, the Palestinians and the Mideast conflict.

New Tacks In Battling Israel’s Image Problem

Two high-profile ad men ‘soft selling’ the Jewish state.

09/13/2016 - 23:03
Editor and Publisher

In the midst of a data-driven presentation on why Israel is losing the social media war, the head of a major Jewish organization, on hearing that the perception of Israel as a “start-up nation” has little traction with many Americans, questioned the findings being presented.

Gary Rosenblatt

What Do You Want For Your Child’s Jewish Education?

09/13/2016 - 11:49
Special To The Jewish Week

The start of school — and the Jewish New Year — offers parents a renewed opportunity to engage in a reflective goal-setting process around our children’s Jewish education. What skills do we want our children to have in order to be able to live Jewish lives and participate in Jewish rituals and communal activities? What stories, texts, characters, historical figures, events, prayers, laws and customs do we want our children to know about? What attitudes, values and feelings do we want them to have toward Judaism? What do we think it means to be Jewishly educated? 

Lisa Exler

Turning Evil To Good

09/13/2016 - 10:32
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:44 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 21:10-25:19                        
Haftorah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Havdalah: 7:43 p.m.

“You must obliterate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens; you must not forget” [Deuteronomy 25:19].

Shlomo Riskin

Vilified Austin Rabbi Explains His Intentions

09/09/2016 - 14:43

Editor’s Note: Following is an excerpt from the rabbi’s message to his congregants in the wake of a controversy that arose over the draft of an itinerary for a planned, 15-day, 2017 Israel trip that included a stop at the grave of Yasir Arafat.

OU’s New Women’s Commission: Sadly, More Of The Same

09/09/2016 - 14:40

Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt recently reported that the Orthodox Union (OU) has chosen a group of seven rabbis for the purpose of providing, according to the OU, “guidance regarding the ordination of women and related issues such as the broadest spectrum of professional roles within the shul that a woman can perform,” (“OU Grapples With Roles Of Women In Clergy,” Aug. 5). 

Avi Weiss
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