Editorial & Opinion

Do We Need Another Modern Orthodox Organization?

03/22/2016 - 15:26
Special To The Jewish Week

I read with interest about the formation of PORAT, an organization dedicated to making the Orthodox community more modern and inclusive (“Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy,” Editor’s column, March 11).

Rabbi Shalom Baum

You Should Be Scared Of Islamophobia

03/22/2016 - 13:24

All strongmen seduce, and Donald Trump is no exception. He enchants his supporters with his virility, his endless references to his success, his oversized and gilded ego. Because I am great, he promises, you will be too. America will be great. Even if you disagree with him, he holds you in thrall. He doesn’t obey the laws of political physics, or any basic social conventions either. 

Haroon Moghul.

For Ethiopians Left Behind, Another Wrongful Delay

03/22/2016 - 13:16

Last November 15, the Israeli government unanimously decided to bring to Israel approximately 9,000 Ethiopians, 70 percent of whom have first-degree relatives in Israel.  Left behind because they were only paternally linked, these people returned to Judaism years ago. All will undertake a full conversion, like the more than 50,000 Ethiopians who arrived after Operation Solomon. Even ministers from the charedi Shas party voted for the resolution.

Operation Solomon was a covert Israeli military operation to airlift Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1991. Wikimedia Commons

Trump Wrong On Neutrality Towards Israel

03/17/2016 - 11:42

As an Israeli, coming from a small country but a great democracy with pluralistic views, I'm not taken back by the heated presidential campaign in the United States. There is no difference between the verbal attitudes in this race than those I witnessed in the plenum sessions as a member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon. Wikimedia Commons

Helping Israelis And Palestinians Build A Grassroots Peace

03/17/2016 - 11:33

Advancing two states for two peoples, a Zionist necessity, has never been more urgent.   Those of us who share this vision must find concrete and effective vehicles to support its fulfillment.  One way is to constantly encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make progress toward peace, and to press for the United States to play an active facilitating role. Equally important, we should seek opportunities to build positive Israeli-Palestinian engagement at the grassroots level.  A true and lasting peace requires genuine reconciliation between peoples, not just the signatures of leaders on treaties.

Martin J. Raffel

‘Brief’ Too Short

03/16/2016 - 09:54

I respectfully believe the Jewish Telegraphic Agency News Brief you carried (“40 Columbia Profs Sign BDS Petition,” March 4) was too brief. It lacked context in two important respects. It did not say how many professors did not sign the petition. Secondly, the piece referred to all the allegations of the anti-Semites who signed the petition without at least correcting their misstatements of facts.

On Moving To The Right

03/16/2016 - 09:52

I read Gary Rosenblatt’s interesting column on [the grassroots group] PORAT (“Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy,” March 11), but I found one line particularly disturbing.

Trump’s Daughter

03/16/2016 - 09:25

In his article “Campaign’s Wildcard Issue Now Anti-Semitism” (March 4), Stewart Ain ignored the fact that Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is a convert to Orthodox Judaism and is raising her children in a kosher home. She is also the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization.

Jews For Trump?

03/16/2016 - 09:12

It was with considerable dismay that I read “Jews For Trump, Kind Of, Maybe” (March 11).
That any Jew would even consider the candidacy of a man who has been
repeatedly and directly compared to Adolf Hitler by prominent American
public figures on both the left and the right is astonishing. That any Jew
would support a candidate whose platform would directly threaten freedom of
religion in the United States is bewildering. That any Torah-minded Jew
would, by endorsing the candidate, also endorse his particular brand of
lashon hara, crude personal insults and irresponsible rhetoric, which has
made this presidential campaign arguably the ugliest and most vulgar in
American history, potentially setting the tone for all future campaigns, is

Monitoring Hate On Campus

03/16/2016 - 09:08

What should be the response of a university to acts of racism or bigotry on campus? How does one balance free speech and the mandate for universities to take prompt and effective steps to address violations, and prevent future hostilities?

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