Editorial & Opinion

The Branding Of Jewish Education

09/06/2016 - 15:02
Special To The Jewish Week

For years, products and services talked about differences. Tastier, faster, bigger, the most graduates who made Harvard, the percentage who married Jews. All are claims.

Jesse Cogan

The Essence Of Elul

09/06/2016 - 12:26

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:56 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 16:18-21:9
Haftorah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Havdalah: 7:55 p.m.

‘The Levitic kohanim (the entire tribe of Levi), shall have no portion or inheritance with Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel …  the Lord is (Levi’s) inheritance. [Deuteronomy 18:1-2].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

How The State Department Is Combating Anti-Semitism

09/06/2016 - 10:44
Special To The Jewish Week

The end of any presidential term is an appropriate time for assessment and analysis. One of the major issues that we Jews continue to be concerned about is the current state of anti-Semitism, which has surged to unprecedented post-World War II levels. This leads to the frequently asked question: Beyond private organizations and activists who struggle with today’s manifestations of history’s oldest hate, what exactly is the U.S. government doing to combat anti-Semitism?

Mark Weitzman

Shedding Light

08/31/2016 - 00:19

I am so thrilled that Hilary Danailova decided to share her “find” with readers of her Travel column in “Old Kishinev’s Hybrid Culture” (Aug. 26), which discusses her discovery of Moldova’s Jewish community.

Unfair Portrait Of Aliyah

08/31/2016 - 00:18

In “Lifeline For The Aliyah From Hell” (Aug. 26), reporter Michele Chabin quotes a disgruntled American oleh: “I’d had enough, that they bring us here and drop us like a hot potato.”

Imposed Solution

08/31/2016 - 00:17

With all due regard for Robert Sugarman’s past service to Israel and the Jewish people, his narrow perspective in “The Pressing Need for a Two-State Strategy” (Opinion, Aug. 5) fails to take into account the dynamics of many parties bearing responsibility for the lack of progress in reaching a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Remembering A Unique Rebbetzin

08/31/2016 - 00:16

Esther Jungreis was ahead of her time. A devoutly Orthodox woman, she took on the traditional role rabbis have held for centuries, encouraging countless numbers of Jews to appreciate their religion as a precious gift.

Similar, But Different

08/30/2016 - 23:56

A lot depends on our similarities. Unless we worked the same way, all designs would fail, medicine would be ineffective and human society would become impossible. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

Anatomy Of A Takedown

Community builder and lover of Israel, or glorifier of Arab terrorism: could this be the same Texas Conservative rabbi?

08/30/2016 - 23:49
Editor and Publisher

This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when the impulse among some supporters of Israel to lash out — in a fierce and often personally damaging way — with whom they disagree plays out. It’s about the harmful ripple effect, fueled by the Internet, of a facts-and-intention-be-damned approach: Ready. Fire. Aim. All in the name of protecting Zion.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Ethical Imperative Of Organ Donation

A surgeon asked an Orthodox patient, "Why are your people willing to take organs but not donate them?"

08/30/2016 - 18:27
Special To The Jewish Week

I recently received an office visit from an Orthodox Jewish patient in my pulmonology practice whose life was saved with a lung transplant. There is nothing more satisfying and dramatic than seeing someone who not long ago was suffocating to death from an incurable lung disease return to my office without the need for oxygen, radiating health and life, accompanied by his or her overjoyed family. These rejuvenated patients have been given the gift of life-saving organs from a brain-dead patient whose family allowed the donation.

Kenneth Prager
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