Editorial & Opinion

Cuomo Takes Action Against BDS

06/08/2016 - 08:24

‘If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

That was the clear message sent out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday as he ordered state agencies to divest themselves of companies and groups aligned with the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel.

Tending Our Garden, Together

06/08/2016 - 08:17

When I was a child we lived next door to a very evil woman. At least, that’s what my brothers and I believed. We knew she was evil because when a ball we were playing with sailed over the fence into her yard, she always refused to return it. She was apparently upset that balls from the neighbors’ kids kept landing, splat, right in the middle of her carefully cultivated garden.

David Wolpe

For Grads, Lean On Heritage In Campus Wars

An open letter to the college-bound in the age of intersectionality.

06/08/2016 - 08:15
Editor and Publisher

Dear High School Graduates,


As you complete your high school studies, many of you are looking forward to college at a unique moment in Jewish and American history, a time of great opportunity as well as deeply disturbing trends on campus, and elsewhere.

Gary Rosenblatt

Other People’s Children

06/07/2016 - 13:16
Special To The Jewish Week

’I don’t know much about Judaism, Rabbi, but I know it shouldn’t needlessly hurt people.” So says a man to me many years ago. His words still haunt me.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

The Golan Should Remain In Israel, But Why Raise It Now?

06/07/2016 - 13:14
Special To The Jewish Week

On April 17, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu convened a cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights and proclaimed that Israel will never give it up. While I completely agree with his position, I question the timing of the announcement.

Robert Sugarman

Parents, College Students And BDS

06/07/2016 - 13:09
Special To The Jewish Week

The most prominent of Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the Democratic Platform Draft Committee is Cornel West, the provocative African-American philosopher, activist, and harsh critic of Israel. A strong backer of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, West recently accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “war crimes” against the Palestinians. His presence on the committee along with that of other outspoken Israel critics worries many pro-Israel Democrats.

Francine Klagsbrun

Ethiopian Jews In Israel: 25 Years Later, A Mixed Report

06/02/2016 - 11:13

Twenty-five years ago this week, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.

Gideon Taylor

Modern Orthodoxy Needs To Expand Its Theological Reach

06/02/2016 - 11:02

Modern Orthodoxy is currently in the midst of an intense search for a formula that will help invigorate a movement whose allure has seemingly diminished. A philosophy which until recently had broad appeal, is losing traction among the younger generation. Its ethos, it seems, no longer excites the populace the way it did in its heyday. Rabbis, scholars and lay leaders are searching for a solution. So far, unsuccessfully.  The ailment is obvious; the cure, elusive.

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz. Via prospectheightsshul.org

Fake It Till You Make It

06/01/2016 - 08:33

The mind does not obey itself. My arm will rise if I “tell” it to, but I cannot want what I think I should want. Shelves of self-help books promise to make us desire less junk food, exercise more, release ourselves from obsessive love for the wrong person, renew our affection for the “right” person. But still, we cannot seem to want what we want to want.

Rabbi David Wolpe

‘It’s What War Looks Like Today’

Matti Friedman’s powerful memoir of his IDF service in Lebanon in the late-’90s foreshadows the complexities of 21st-century warfare.

06/01/2016 - 08:22
Editor and Publisher

Many books about soldiers in wartime are colorful, gung-ho accounts filled with blood-and-guts drama.

Gary Rosenblatt
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