Editorial & Opinion

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?

When Trump Comes To AIPAC

03/16/2016 - 09:08

AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby that holds its annual national conference this coming week in Washington, has a longstanding policy of inviting every major presidential candidate to address its delegates in an election year.

The Great Beyond

03/16/2016 - 09:06

All discovery creates new senses of possibility. The motto on the crest of Ferdinand and Isabella had been ne plus ultra — no more beyond. After Columbus discovered America, the ne was removed. Now the crest read: beyond this, more.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Face To Face With Trump At AIPAC

03/16/2016 - 09:04
Editor and Publisher

Among the many reasons this year’s presidential campaign is unique, consider this one: Running on the Democratic side we have a socialist Jew with non-Jewish grandchildren, and in the Republican race, the front-runner is a billionaire Presbyterian with Orthodox Jewish grandchildren.

Gary Rosenblatt

Why Dueling Camps On Israel Need Each Other

03/15/2016 - 17:34
Special To The Jewish Week

The discourse between Jewish groups that engage in traditional Israel advocacy and those that attempt to alter the Israeli government’s stance on peace and human rights leaves much to be desired.

David Bernstein

The Hands-On Jew

03/15/2016 - 13:13
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:48 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 1:1-5:26
Haftorah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Havdalah: 7:50 p.m.

A quantum evolutionary leap occurred when we learned to walk on our two hind legs, and freed our two front paws for better things. That’s how paws became hands. Our language captures the distinction very nicely: to “paw” someone is a far cry from “giving them a hand.”

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

‘A’ Needs To Stand For Action On Inclusion

03/15/2016 - 12:38
Special To The Jewish Week

I recently visited a synagogue that had a special guest speaker who had been brought in for JDAIM - Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month, which is marked in February. The very well-meaning speaker represented a national disabilities organization, but his talk objectified individuals with disabilities, saying their existence on this earth is to be a light for us “normal” people. Regrettably, he also described a girl with disabilities as having an “affliction.”

Shelley Cohen

Pew Findings Not Surprising, But Also Not Irreversible

03/14/2016 - 16:39

The Pew Research Center poll released this week surveying attitudes among Israeli citizens confirms what many of us who work on Israeli issues already knew: Israel is a deeply divided society, first and foremost between its Jewish and Arab citizens, but also among its Jewish sectors.

Daniel Sokatch

Charedi Hubris In Flight

When did it become OK to put religious preference before common courtesy?

03/10/2016 - 16:55
Staff Writer

The middle-aged chasidic man, sitting in a window seat, on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to JFK, didn’t say a word to me when I took my aisle seat in the same row. The seat between us remained empty for a few minutes, and then the occupant appeared – a member of a Birthright Israel group returning to the States.

Illustration by Charles Rosenthal/JW. All rights reserved

‘Brief’ Too Short

03/09/2016 - 09:23

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.

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