Editorial & Opinion

Speak Out For Change On Child Abuse Laws

05/26/2016 - 16:32

Our Torah, our history, and our God demand us to pursue justice. As Jews, we are called to stand with the oppressed and the mistreated. We are endowed with a sacred responsibility to seek and pursue justice where it has been denied.

Rabbi Ari Hart

LGBT Inclusion: A Quest For Dignity

05/26/2016 - 12:05

I had the honor and privilege to staff the recent fourth annual Eshel Parent Retreat.  Eshel is a community and support organization for LGBT Jews and their families in the Orthodox community.  I spent Shabbat with more than 50 Orthodox Jewish parents of LGBT children, all of whom attended the retreat with tremendous courage and out of incredible love for their children. 

Jeremy Novich. Via jeremynovichpsyd.com

Democratic Party Platform On Israel: Problem Or Opportunity?

05/26/2016 - 11:54

There is understandable concern in the Jewish community these days surrounding the appointment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party’s Platform Drafting Committee of outspoken critics of Israeli government policies -- Jim Zogby, Rep. Keith Ellison, and especially Cornel West.   They are entitled to provide input, of course, but the committee as a whole will determine final language.  That said, the platform drafters would be performing a service if they avoid pandering and assert realistic positions in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. 

Martin Raffel

A Contempt For Reason

05/25/2016 - 09:10

In attending my Orthodox synagogue a few weeks ago, I was very upset. On the last day of Passover we read the Song of Songs. I turned to it in the Stone Edition Chumash and found a rabbinic interpretation rather than a literal interpretation from the Hebrew. For instance, the first line attributes the Song of Songs to King Solomon. The English translation intentionally fails to mention Solomon and instead reads: “The song that exceeds all songs dedicated to God, him to whom peace belongs.”

Confront The Liars

05/25/2016 - 09:05

Seymour Reich’s “Rebuttal” (Letters, May 20) contends that one can be a “lover of Israel, and still publicly criticize its policies,” and that more and more, young Americans’ “sympathy for the Palestinians” is on the rise.

Barnard Speaker

05/25/2016 - 08:29

I attended the Barnard commencement on May 18. The first graduate who spoke was Shezza Abboushi Dallal, who led the school’s chapter of Justice in Palestine. She listed the battles the Barnard class has fought: sexual harassment, violence against black and brown bodies, and occupied Palestine.

What About Jewish Refugees?

05/25/2016 - 08:28

I wonder, if Israel were overwhelmingly Arab in population, would the Jewish minority be allowed the right to celebrate its Nakba, as the Arab students do at Tel Aviv University? (“Nakba Ceremonies Highlight Continued Rift,” May 20.)

Bridging The Gap

05/25/2016 - 08:27

Joshua Mitnick’s article, “Nakba Ceremonies Highlight Continued Rifts” (May 20), unfortunately tells only one side of the story. In fact, some Israelis and Palestinians are choosing to come together around Israel’s Independence Day at events that acknowledge their shared history. The article described a commemoration of the Nakba attended by only 150 people.

Shavit’s Guilt

05/25/2016 - 08:23

In his “Between the Lines” column (“In Two Crucial Struggles, Arming With Jewish Values,” May 20), Gary Rosenblatt mentions Ari Shavit.

Divine Purpose

05/25/2016 - 08:21

In the Jewish tradition a desecration of God’s name is called a “chilul Hashem.” R. Chaim of Volozhin teaches that “chilul” comes from the word “hallal,” meaning empty or void. The greatest desecration of God’s name is to believe the world is meaningless, without purpose.

David Wolpe
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