Editorial & Opinion

Not A Part To Legal Case

09/07/2016 - 09:37

Quoting from Gary Rosenblatt’s Sept. 2 column, “Anatomy of a Takedown”: “This is a ... tale of what can happen when the impulse among some ... to lash out — in a fierce and often personally damaging way — with whom they disagree plays out. It’s about the harmful ripple effect fueled by... a facts-and-intention-be-damned approach: Ready, Fire, Aim. ...The results, fed by self/righteousness ... and a miscalculation and feelings of hurt and alienation.”

Shulamith Schools Are Separate

09/07/2016 - 09:28

As the chairman of the board at Shulamith School for Girls of Brooklyn, I am writing to express my disappointment with your inaccurate and erroneous reporting (“Day School Teachers’ Battle For Back Wages Coming To A Head,” Sept. 2).

A Setback For Terror Victims

09/07/2016 - 09:27

Justice that was delayed for more than a decade for 10 American families victimized by Palestinian terrorism was denied last week by a federal court here.

Standing Up To Ideological Bullies

09/07/2016 - 09:26

Last week’s Between The Lines column, “Anatomy Of A Takedown,” about a rabbi whose decision to consider including a stop at the grave of Yasir Arafat on an interfaith mission to Israel next summer, prompted sharply differing reactions. Not so much about the decision itself, widely seen as ill-advised. Mostly it was about those who condemned the rabbi, calling for his resignation and vilifying him as an enemy of the Jewish people and supporter of terrorists, and those who decried the critics — most of whom had never met or spoken to the rabbi — for character assassination.

Similar, But Different

09/07/2016 - 08:59

A lot depends on our similarities. Unless we worked the same way, all designs would fail, medicine would be ineffective and human society would become impossible. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

What Would Heschel Do?

‘We can’t walk away from the table’ on Black Lives Matter, says a centrist communal leader.

09/07/2016 - 08:55
Editor and Publisher

Stung by the Black Lives Matter platform that condemns Israel in unfair and malevolent terms, calling it “genocidal” and an “apartheid state,” many in our community have noted with lingering pride that Jews were at the forefront of the civil rights movement, most notably during the 1960s. The most tangible example of that alliance may well be an iconic photograph of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading theologian and philosopher of his time, marching along with Rev. Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala., at a voting rights demonstration in 1965, symbolizing their close bond and the strong ties between Jews and blacks at the time.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Branding Of Jewish Education

09/06/2016 - 15:02
Special To The Jewish Week

For years, products and services talked about differences. Tastier, faster, bigger, the most graduates who made Harvard, the percentage who married Jews. All are claims.

Jesse Cogan

The Essence Of Elul

09/06/2016 - 12:26

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:56 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 16:18-21:9
Haftorah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Havdalah: 7:55 p.m.

‘The Levitic kohanim (the entire tribe of Levi), shall have no portion or inheritance with Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel …  the Lord is (Levi’s) inheritance. [Deuteronomy 18:1-2].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

How The State Department Is Combating Anti-Semitism

09/06/2016 - 10:44
Special To The Jewish Week

The end of any presidential term is an appropriate time for assessment and analysis. One of the major issues that we Jews continue to be concerned about is the current state of anti-Semitism, which has surged to unprecedented post-World War II levels. This leads to the frequently asked question: Beyond private organizations and activists who struggle with today’s manifestations of history’s oldest hate, what exactly is the U.S. government doing to combat anti-Semitism?

Mark Weitzman

Shedding Light

08/31/2016 - 00:19

I am so thrilled that Hilary Danailova decided to share her “find” with readers of her Travel column in “Old Kishinev’s Hybrid Culture” (Aug. 26), which discusses her discovery of Moldova’s Jewish community.

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