Editorial & Opinion

With Three Months To Go

07/27/2016 - 09:10
Editorial

After a chaotic Republican National Convention notable for who was not in attendance among party leaders as well as who was, the Democrats were hoping for a more civil affair. But the strains between the pro-Clinton and pro-Sanders factions were evident on the first day when mentions of Hillary Clinton drew loud boos from the Sanders activists. And even before the festivities started, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, was forced to resign over a leaked e-mail from a top DNC official. It indicated attempts to hurt Sanders’ cause

Mikvah Bill At Center Of Religious Equality

07/26/2016 - 12:49

Keynoting a 1999 conference of Modern Orthodox Jews, a prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi began his remarks by stating “God forbid that we should have a halachic state.” Before continuing, he repeated the comment for emphasis.

Drs. Dov Zakheim and Steven Bayme

Succeeding at Succession: Joshua’s Appointment

07/26/2016 - 11:58
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 7:55 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftara: I King 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 8:55 p.m.

The greatest test of a successful leader may come not while in office, but after.  Many a talented leader failed to preserve their legacy for want of a well-thought out transition. Parashat Pinchas conveys important lessons on creating effective successors.

Rachel Friedman

Why I Do Call Israel Out On The Occupation

07/26/2016 - 10:26
Special To The Jewish Week

David Bernstein has written an articulate defense of those who, like him, refuse to denounce the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, or, in some extreme cases, even admit that an occupation exists (“Why I Don’t Call Israel Out on the Occupation,” Opinion, July 8). He argues that simply calling for an immediate end to the occupation does not recognize the complexity of the situation and will not bring peace and security to Israel.

Martin I. Bresler

Connecting Young People To Jewish Wisdom

07/26/2016 - 10:30
Special To The Jewish Week

A huddle of people — some with beards and tallit bags, and others with short skirts and cellphones — slapped the bar mitzvah boy on the back, congratulating him on a job well done. As soon as the beards turned away, the cellphones clandestinely slipped the New Jewish Man checks for $180. The boy — let’s call him Matthew — had mumbled his way through a Torah portion (which he did not understand) well enough to become a Jewish young adult in a synagogue he had been visiting twice a week for the past few months.

Leora Eisenberg

Why I’m Proud To Be Out-Of-Step At The Parade

07/25/2016 - 12:48

Thousands of Israelis joined together for the annual March for Pride and Tolerance the other day. To many, Jerusalem might seem like an odd location for a Pride March -- when you say “gay” and “Israel,” most people likely conjure up the images of speedos and techno music associated with Tel Aviv, not those associated with more conservative and polarized Jerusalem.

David Shmidt Chapman

My Waking Nightmare: A Trump Presidency

07/25/2016 - 10:33

I am not someone who sees an anti-Semite under every rock.  Nor do I think that every person expressing noxious views is an updated version of Adolf Hitler.  In fact, I find the invoking of Hitler and all things Nazi to explain—or explain away—behavior, to be deeply offensive.  You see, I am missing many branches of my family tree thanks to the treachery and murderous behavior of actual Nazis and their accomplices.

Balloons and confetti are seen at the end of the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016. Getty Images

Hope And Faith In the Clean Energy Revolution

07/20/2016 - 15:44

For six months my friends and I have been working on bringing Jews to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24, the day before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. At the march we will demand political leadership for a rapid and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

Jewish Climate Action Network

On Wiesel And Madoff

07/20/2016 - 00:45

Thank you for all the beautiful essays published in The Jewish Week celebrating Elie Wiesel’s “near-universal public renown” and “majesty” (July 8 and 15).

Times Have Changed

07/20/2016 - 00:44

Rabbi Avi Shafran’s letter in response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today” (June 17), suggests that by stating “thy God (will be) my God,” Ruth was “declaring acceptance of the commandments” of the Torah. The story of Ruth takes place many centuries before the compilation of the Mishnah, at a time prior to the development of the corpus of Jewish law that Rabbi Shafran would have us believe needs to be accepted “in principle” and “sincerity” by a convert to Judaism.

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