Editorial & Opinion

Hold Your Tongue

06/29/2016 - 08:38

The most frequently cited sins in Jewish tradition are sins of speech. Some are direct, such as gossiping or slander. Others are indirect, such as embarrassing someone in public, which is usually a consequence of saying something callous or unkind.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump

Single-issue focus can impair the big picture.

06/29/2016 - 08:33
Editor and Publisher

In his AIPAC speech in May, Donald Trump blasted the Iran nuclear agreement, asserting that he would “dismantle the disastrous deal.” A few moments later he declared that he would “enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before.”

Gary Rosenblatt

A Jewish Solution On Transgender Bathrooms

06/28/2016 - 15:40
Special To The Jewish Week

The rise of sexual liberty as a fundamental right, together with the collective realization that many people do not fit neatly into the category of male or female, is creating a bathroom controversy. This controversy focuses on people who are not part of the traditional male-female binary that has been a part of the American culture for centuries.

Michael J. Broyde and Amy D. Katz

‘Fiddler On The Roof And Zombies’

06/28/2016 - 12:56
Special To The Jewish Week

Zombies are everywhere lately, a virtual apocalypse in the wait. They’ve even infiltrated a Jane Austen novel. But why only “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?” We invented the golem. We should at least have “Fiddler and the Roof and Zombies.” There, standing on Tevye’s precarious roof, is a frightening man/monster who can’t wait to get his paw on a violin. The Pale of Settlement in 1905 is a perfect landscape. Mute to resistance and driven by supernatural forces of evil, these creatures will move across Europe, destroying everything, as Anatevka falls apart.

Erica Brown

Scout’s Honor: Ways Of Seeing Canaan

06/28/2016 - 12:33
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41
Haftorah: Joshua 2:10-24
Havdalah: 9:13 p.m.

Once again, we reach the familiar story of the spies (or scouts) dispatched to reconnoiter the land of Canaan. Ten of its 12 members return with the devastating news that Canaan is unconquerable; it is fruitless to go on. The two holdouts, Joshua and Caleb, demur. The land can be ours, they insist; don’t give up.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Conversion Crisis Goes Beyond Rabbi Lookstein

06/28/2016 - 12:30
Special To The Jewish Week

Since last Thursday, when The New York Times reported that the Israeli Rabbinate rejected a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side and one of the senior members of the American Orthodox rabbinical establishment, there has been an outcry around the world against the rabbinate.

Seth Farber

In Memory Of My Father, A Survivor Dedicated To Teaching Torah

06/28/2016 - 10:20

Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from a June 14 eulogy for Rabbi Moshe Kasirer.

Suri Kasirer. Via kasirer.nyc

Fighting The Good Fight Against BDS

06/27/2016 - 10:11

Student activists, international businessmen and global litigators are in agreement.  The movement aimed at boycotting, divesting from and sanctioning Israel is growing.  This is not to say that the BDS movement poses an imminent threat to the Jewish state. It does mean, however, that this latest form of anti-Semitism is an issue that we must deal with.  The question is how.

Ambassador Danny Danon. Via embassies.gov.il

Forget The Two-State Solution

06/21/2016 - 22:33

The “two-state solution” has long been dead. Polls of Arabs in Judea and Samaria clearly indicate that nothing short of a one-state solution — the eradication of Israel and the “return” of the Nakba “refugees” — will please them. Until and unless there is an Arab leadership to end the campaign of hatred against Israel, there is no hope of a peaceful solution.

Progressive Success

06/21/2016 - 22:32

In the June 10 issue of The Jewish Week, no fewer than five articles address various aspects of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israel’s legitimacy. I was disappointed, but sadly not surprised, that none of them mentioned the importance of the progressive Zionist voice in combating these attacks.

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