Editorial & Opinion

The Future Begins On Page 21

05/25/2016 - 08:18

Newspapers, if they’re doing their jobs correctly, are supposed to hold up a mirror to society and say: Here, have a look at us, warts and all. Perhaps we spend too much time on the warts part, reporting on all matter of scandal and trying to fulfill our duty as a government watchdog and a check on the powerful. And these days, with the impact of the Internet, perhaps we spend too much time on “click bait.”

Worrisome Moves, Here And In Israel

05/25/2016 - 08:17

Symbols mean a great deal in politics.

Consider: It is unlikely that the expected appointment as Israeli defense minister of Avigdor Lieberman, a widely distrusted politician with no serious military experience, will result in radical changes in the IDF, a highly disciplined institution. But Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to offer him the second most important post in the government appears to be a blatantly political move, one that places the prime minister’s desire to solidify his power base over the strategic and diplomatic interests of the state.

The Role Of Memory On Memorial Day

05/24/2016 - 17:36

You might have a hard time relating to Memorial Day (May 30), like I used to. Even though my grandfather and father were soldiers in the two World Wars, ours was not a military family. I didn’t know any soldiers, none of my friends were soldiers, nobody I knew in my community. Viet Nam was over by the time I was in high school. It was a time of relative peace and quiet.

Sherri Mandell

The Three Teachers Who Most Influenced My Rabbinate

05/24/2016 - 17:10

Thirty five years ago this week, I ascended the bima at Congregation Emanuel of the City of New York, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, of blessed memory, placed his hands on my head and ordained me as a rabbi.

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

Torah Slavery, Not The Confederacy

05/24/2016 - 12:55
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 7:59 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 25:1-26:2
Haftorah: Jeremiah 32:6-27
Havdalah: 9:07 p.m.          

“If your brother becomes destitute and is then sold to you, you shall not make him work like a slave” [Leviticus 25:39].

Shlomo Riskin

Day Schools Should Emphasize Secular Education

05/24/2016 - 12:38
Special To The Jewish Week

Note: Following is an excerpt from remarks delivered at the Hannah Senesh Day School Gala in April.

What I’m about to say may seem provocative and critical of the day school world, and even your work, but I hope that you understand that my words come from Ahavat Yisrael [love of Jews].

Michael Steinhardt

Will The Supreme Court Let Faith Make Children Unsafe?

05/24/2016 - 10:23
Special To The Jewish Week

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

Ethiopian Jews In Israel: 25 Years Later, A Mixed Report

05/23/2016 - 14:25

Twenty-five years ago this week, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.

Gideon Taylor

Speak Out For Change On Child Abuse Laws

05/23/2016 - 14:01

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

For Bibi, A Short-Term Victory And Long-Term Risk

From a political perspective, Netanyahu's choice of Lieberman over Herzog makes perfect sense.

05/20/2016 - 14:47
Editor and Publisher

“Netanyahu isn’t Left or Right. He has no ideology. He is the ultimate Mr. Zigzag. He may be the world champion of zigzaggers.” — Avigdor Lieberman at a Yisrael Beiteinu faction meeting.

Gary Rosenblatt
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