Editorial & Opinion

A New Constituency

10/27/2016 - 10:25

Thank you for the outstanding page 1 article by Hannah Dreyfus, “Jews of Color Press for Acceptance” part 1, Oct. 7.

To Reach Across Divides

10/27/2016 - 10:23

In the seven days of Creation, the second is distinguished by not being called “good.” Why is that?

David Wolpe

Brace Yourself For Some Good News

10/27/2016 - 10:20

Tne of the few things Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on these days is that they can’t wait for the Nov. 8 election to be behind them. Eighty-one percent shared that sentiment, according a new poll, and only 7 percent said they want to hear more about the election in the coming days.

Landmark Victory In Sex Abuse Cases

10/27/2016 - 10:20

The financial settlement by a Brooklyn yeshiva of two sexual abuse cases marks an important milestone in the battle to expose such assaults and encourage victims to come forward despite strong social pressures to remain silent.

After The Endorsement Came The Comments

10/27/2016 - 10:17
Editor and Publisher

Of the many hundreds of letters, emails, comments and postings reacting to our Oct. 14 endorsement of Hillary Clinton, for me the most memorable one read simply: “If I subscribed, I would cancel.”

Gary Rosenblatt

What Being A Jew In Egypt Taught Me About Being Tolerant In America

10/26/2016 - 15:14
Special To The Jewish Week

I was reminded the other day about my personal journey in Cairo and the relevance it carries to how Americans relate to one another (or not) in our current political climate. Indeed, my experience showed me a lot about learning to live with and understand people that you not only fundamentally disagree with on important issues, but who hold beliefs that are bigoted and even hate-filled.

Daniel Miller

One Topic Day Schools Avoid: God

10/26/2016 - 15:13
Special To The Jewish Week

Building a relationship takes time. There is no set amount of time it takes, it differs from person to person, personal to professional. But 12 years certainly seems like a fair amount of time to lay the groundwork for a relationship. Despite that, a number of Jewish day school students have not, in all that time, built a relationship with God. For the sake of this article, we are taking it as a given that families who send their children to Jewish day school for 12 years are interested in the development of this relationship.  Admittedly, building a relationship with God comes more easily for some than for others (see “The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes” by Dr. Dean Hammer).

Beth Hait

Why Donald Trump Is Worse Than An Anti-Semite

10/26/2016 - 13:32
Special To The Jewish Week

Donald Trump has long insisted that he is not an anti-Semite; indeed, he regularly trots out his daughter as a convert to Judaism — to Orthodox Judaism, no less.

Jerome A. Chanes

Citizenship For All?

A Likud member’s move against B’Tselem activist is a slippery slope.

10/26/2016 - 13:30
Contributing Editor

The Israeli activist who recently spoke out at the U.N. Security Council against Israeli settlements should be stripped of his citizenship, the whip of Jerusalem’s ruling coalition has claimed.

Coalition whip David Bitan: Playing into the hands of Israel’s critics? Miriam Alster/Flash90

Desire: Intimacy In Eden

10/26/2016 - 13:28
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 5:38 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Havdalah: 6:37 p.m.

In the story of Creation, God seems to begin His project of nature with the black and white, and only later does He move into color, adding the details.

So, too, with God’s project of humanity. God’s initial mandate seems black and white, “God created man in His image, He created them male and female” [Genesis 1:27].

Temima Goldberg Shulman
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