Editorial & Opinion

Loving The Sojourner’s Truth

05/10/2016 - 13:06
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:47 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 19:1-20:27
Haftorah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenaz);
Ezekiel 20:2-20 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 8:53 p.m.

Neil Fleischmann

Book Of Ruth, A Counterpoint To Male Chauvinism

05/10/2016 - 10:19
Special To The Jewish Week

Sorry, Donald Trump, I’m going to play the woman card in this month’s column. As the Jewish community looks ahead to its next big religious holiday, Shavuot, coming in June, the story of two women stands out as one of the most endearing features of the celebration.

Francine Klagsbrun

Will The Supreme Court Let Faith Make Children Unsafe?

05/06/2016 - 10:47

Should all children's playgrounds be made as safe as possible, or should some be denied safety improvements because of bigotry?  This question is at the core of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year.  We at the Orthodox Union argued to the justices that they must strike down an antiquated anti-religious amendment to state constitutions for the safety and well-being of America's religious citizens.

Nathan J. Diament

Sanders On Israel

05/04/2016 - 10:20

Two front-page stories in your April 22 issue quote Sen. Sanders’ calumny
that Israel’s use of force in the 2014 Gaza war was “disproportionate.” Your
editorial in the same issue (“Sanders Crosses A Line”) says that some believe
Sanders’ criticism was “deeply unfair,” without, however, explaining why.

Shortsighted Coverage

05/04/2016 - 10:12

All the columns in The Jewish Week that want Israel to change its behavior
in its relationship with the Palestinians are very shortsighted.

Blame The Palestinians

05/04/2016 - 10:07

Gary Rosenblatt contends that “neither [Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu nor Palestinian Authority President Abbas] is inclined to make a move” toward peace talks, “each for his own reasons. So the status quo prevails” (“The Sorry State Of The Two-State Solution,” April 22).

‘Breaking The Silence’ A Disgrace

05/04/2016 - 10:06

It took Jeffrey Wiesenfeld and Douglas Altabef to finally provide Jewish Week readers with a much-needed history of how the well-connected New Israel Fund supports BDS by funding radical organizations, such as Breaking the Silence (BtS), which is strongly condemned by mainstream Israelis (“New Israel Fund: From Watchdog To ‘Treachery,’” Opinion, April 22).

A Soldier’s Duty

05/04/2016 - 10:05

“Hero Or Murderer?” (Editorial, April 8) discussed the issue of the soldier who shot a
terrorist in the head after the terrorist was already lying prone on the ground. The
Editorial gives the impression that “decades of terror attacks… have
taken their toll on a society”… (and) …on society’s capacity for
compassion. Unfortunately, we in America look at this case from our eyes, not
from that of a soldier who is tasked to maintain security. 

Democracy Works Both Ways

05/04/2016 - 10:04

Seymour Reich is so concerned about Israel’s democratic values, but not one word in his essay, “Israel’s Assault On Democracy” (Opinion, April 29), mentioned the inability of Jews to pray peacefully at the Temple Mount, Rachel’s Tomb, Joseph’s Tomb or Maarat Hamachpela (the Cave of Machpela in Hebron).

Phantom Crises

05/04/2016 - 09:56

Israel is a democracy and as such, is imperfect. While the world tries to
hold Israel to an impossible standard (that no other country is held to),
Seymour Reich has opted to join the chorus, creating phantom crises out of
issues that are not the threats he makes them out to be (“Israel’s Assault On Democracy,” Opinion, April 29).

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