Editorial & Opinion

A Name Made Great

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 5:46 p.m.
Torah Reading: Genesis 12:1-17:27
Haftorah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Havdalah: 6:44 p.m

We should not be surprised when God promises Abraham (while still Abram), “I will make your name great.” Abram is already wealthy beyond measure, with pretty much everything he might want. True, he lacks children, and God will grant him those eventually, but meanwhile, God promises a great name. Why not? What do you give someone who has everything?

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Syrian Refugees Are Not Jewish, But We Are

Special To The Jewish Week

I read with horror that 71 people had died in the back of a truck on an Austrian highway. They were likely refugees from Syria packed one on top of another in the broiling summer heat, taking desperate measures to escape violence. Only a few weeks later, we all saw the wrenching photo of Aylan Kurdi, a small boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach after his family attempted to reach safety by boat.

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn

Mets Vs. Cubs: The Most Jewish Series Possible

Is the Mets-siah upon us?

Special to The Jewish Week

We are the quirky minority, a small segment of the overall population, trying hard to fit into the national landscape. We are overshadowed by the majority surrounding us, only able to come out of the shadows when things are particularly good. Even at those times we are ridiculed, without a retort except the knowledge that our day will come. We remember our past periods of glory, and pray every day for the next one to come speedily in our times.

Mets play the Cubs during the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field. Getty Images

Israel Cannot Indefinitely Control The Palestinians

Periodic rounds of violence are an inseparable part of the Israeli right’s one-state vision.

Special To The Jewish Week

Last week, as I looked through the Jewish Week’s website, I found out that I have something in common with my justice minister Ayelet Shaked. In an interview published in The Jewish Week, Shaked told of the deep influence her military service in Hebron had on her worldview and her choice to lead her life as a politician. In 2001, as a young soldier, I spent my first tour of duty in Hebron. In total, I served as a soldier and commander in the city for about 14 months during the Second Intifada. Like Shaked, I learned lessons in Hebron that have guided me ever since.

Yehuda Shaul

Israel's Agony

Jewish Week Online Columnist

As I write, Israelis are finding it increasingly unsafe to leave the confines of their apartments and homes.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Her Judaism Makes A Big Bang

A teen writer for The Jewish Week's youth magazine writes that Mayim Bialik inspired her to question her religion while retaining her faith.


Editor’s Note: Naomi Gluck was a finalist in The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. The national contest sought essays on a Jewish American who has made a significant impact in the field of television, film, music or theater. Writers were asked to identify the person’s lasting legacy on them or on American culture. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.

Mayim Bialik balances her fame with her Judaism and a boatload of other commitments. Getty Images

The Wrong Way To Fight BDS

Editor and Publisher

The dirty little secret about the pro-Israel, anti-BDS effort launched at a private summit in Las Vegas in June by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is that it appears doomed to be ineffective. Which is more than a shame, given that the campaign, with initial support from about 20 other major pro-Israel donors, is estimated to have raised upwards of $50 million.

Gary Rosenblatt

Confused By DOE Policy


I am confused by the fact that public schools, in order to get money from the
state, must comply with Department of Education rules, regulations, curricula, submit accurate
information regarding academic achievement, or else, in many cases, money is withheld from the schools. (“Reversing Course, DOE Vows To Broaden Yeshiva Probe,” Oct. 9) For example: withheld money for special education placements in
East Ramapo, which is in repeated expensive litigation.

On Reconstructionist Decision


Regarding “Smallest Movement Takes Big Step Toward Inclusion,” Oct. 2: So the Reconstructionists will no longer care whether the spouse of a future
rabbi of theirs is Jewish or not. Good for them.

Sorry About Hospital Decision


I was shocked and disappointed that Long Island Jewish Hospital is removing
the word “Jewish” from its name. (“Jewish Hospitals Are Becoming Extinct,” Opinion, Oct. 9).

Syndicate content