Editorial & Opinion

A New Approach To Dealing With Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

08/30/2016 - 17:45
Special To The Jewish Week

In recent years, a dramatic social, political and legal struggle has been waged against the charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, “society of scholars” in Israel, those who devote their lives to Torah study.

Yedidia Stern

Dying Takes Practice: The Advent Of Elul

08/30/2016 - 11:45

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 7:07 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Numbers 28:9-15
Haftorah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 8:06 p.m.

‘Do you have what it takes to survive by yourself in the wild?” So goes the come-on for the hit reality show, “Alone,” where “hard-core survivalists” spend a year in the wilderness — all alone.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Hamas Restraint Tied To Elections?

Situation in Gaza and West Bank could become more troubling for Israel after upcoming vote.

08/29/2016 - 13:18
Contributing Editor

Israel came down hard on Hamas two weeks ago, after a rocket fired last week from Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Sderot. But despite the scale of the Israeli strikes unleashed as a reaction, Hamas showed uncharacteristic restraint.

Nathan Jeffay

Defending Ibn Ezra

08/24/2016 - 00:04

Poor Abraham Ibn Ezra! In Jewish discussions of the authorship of the Pentateuch, in particular of the Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim), this great 12th-century commentator and linguist has been so often misquoted, misinterpreted and misunderstood.

Enough On RJC

08/24/2016 - 00:03

Having grown up in the Riverdale Jewish Center and as someone still strongly tied to that community, I am dismayed by the irresponsible reporting of this paper (“Financial Woes for Riverdale Congregation,” Aug. 12). At this point Rabbi Rosenblatt (yes, we are well aware that the editor is not related) has resigned, as mutually agreed upon with the shul leadership. There is no question that the rabbi helped many individuals and families over his three decades of service to the RJC, and that he also has a family whose sensitivities need to be respected.

Not Surprised At BLM Platform

08/24/2016 - 00:00

I was surprised that Jewish Week editors and writers and left-wing Jewish groups were shocked at the anti-Israel platform of Black Lives Matter (“Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter,” Aug. 12). Of course a group that is racist, anti-American, anti-police and far leftist would also be anti-Israel, while supporting anti-American and terrorist regimes.

Israel Tried To End Occupation

08/23/2016 - 23:59

I am disappointed that in a lengthy article you could not find someone to make the point that Israel has made three offers to end the occupation without even a counteroffer from the Palestinians (“NYU Prof Spurs Fresh Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12).

World’s Only Jewish State

08/23/2016 - 23:58

In the strongest terms on behalf of Mercaz [Conservative Judaism’s Zionism organization], I register my objection to the anti-Israel positions affirmed by Hasia Diner and Marjorie Feld. It is particularly alarming that Jewish Studies professors are spreading this type of venom on campus. Yes, Israel, like the U.S. and all U.N. members, is imperfect. It is fair to identify its flaws and seek improvement. However, baseless hatred against the very existence of the world’s only Jewish state is unacceptable.

Opposite Experience

08/23/2016 - 23:50

I have had the opposite experience of Professor Hasia Diner (“NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12). I have been a member of the two largest Reform temples in San Francisco, and have left both because of their pro-Palestinian bias. The senior rabbi at [San Francisco’s] Temple Emanuel last Yom Kippur gave a sermon promoting the position of the board of rabbis that we have a moral obligation to take in Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, this temple has a full-time security guard who sits in front of a locked gate and permits entrance only to those who have an appointment. We no longer have large Israel Independence Day celebrations, as we have had in years past, because of security concerns.

Unfair Criticism Of Israel

08/23/2016 - 23:48

The Aug. 12 front-page articles, “Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter” and “NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” report the anti-Israel rhetoric among certain segments of the American public that support BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel].
It is a shame that Professor Hasia Diner, who teaches Jewish American history, feels she no longer can support the only Jewish and democratic state in the Middle East.

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