Editorial & Opinion

The Prayer-Study Link

03/11/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Prayer is supposed to inspire us with the beauty of its language and the grandeur of its conception. In each morning service there is a passage called “The Thirteen Exegetical (or, hermeneutical) rules of Rabbi Ishmael.” If prayer is supposed to be uplifting, one can only wonder why such dry material would be included. Here is a sample of one of the rules: “The particular implied in the general and excepted from it for pedagogic purposes elucidates the general as well as the particular.” It hardly sets the spirit aflutter.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Are Israelis Prepared To Abandon ‘Mr. Security’?

03/11/2015
Editor and Publisher

Imagine if Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, at the moment he rose to the podium to address the U.S. Congress last week, had taken his prepared speech out of his breast pocket, torn it up in front of a startled global audience, and announced that since everyone knew his stand on Iran he was going to discuss another vital matter.

Gary Rosenblatt

Our Man At State

03/11/2015
Editorial

In 1997, in recognition of increasing radicalization of religious followers around the globe, and of the decreasing safety for followers of minority faiths in many countries, the Clinton administration created a new diplomatic position — ambassador-at-large for religion freedom.

Hillel's Missed Opportunity

03/11/2015
Editorial

In pulling out of the JStreet Conference, the campus organization's leader forfeited a chance to inspire our next generation.

The organized Jewish community’s ongoing debate over if, when and how to deal with J Street is in the news again. On the eve of the controversial left-wing lobby’s national convention, set for March 21-24 in Washington, D.C., Eric Fingerhut, the international president and CEO of Hillel International, has announced his withdrawal as a featured speaker. His statement said that “after reviewing the full list of speakers,” he concluded “any benefit that might have come from this opportunity would be overshadowed by concerns regarding my participation amongst other speakers who have made highly inflammatory statements against the Jewish state.”

Israeli Voters Left In The Dark

Where’s the party platform for Likud? And why did the Zionist Union’s come so late?

03/10/2015
Contributing Editor

Israel’s election season seems to have had it all: scandals, personal attacks, verbal battles and tantrums inside factions. And now it is headed for a photo finish, as the leading parties are neck-and-neck ahead of Tuesday’s vote. But there has been one thing missing.

Campaign billboards for Likud are plentiful, but the party has not issued a platform.  Getty Images

A Shabbat Across The Bow

03/10/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

On Friday, March 13, Jews will gather in over 500 locations for the annual happening that has come to be known as “Shabbat Across America.” But in only one community, mine, will congregations ranging across the denominational spectrum from right to left come together for this event. True, Hillels do this kind of thing routinely, as do utopian gatherings like Limmud, and small, isolated communities where there is little choice. But otherwise, according to the organizers, we’re it. In a historic show of unity, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and unaffiliated Jews will celebrate Shabbat. Over 300 people have signed up thus far, and the number is climbing.

Joshua Hammerman

Are Israelis Prepared To Abandon ‘Mr. Security’?

When Bibi fired Lapid and Livni, he had no idea how close this contest would be.

03/10/2015
Editor and Publisher

Imagine if Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, at the moment he rose to the podium to address the U.S. Congress last week, had taken his prepared speech out of his breast pocket, torn it up in front of a startled global audience, and announced that since everyone knew his stand on Iran he was going to discuss another vital matter.

Gary Rosenblatt

Fire On Shabbat

03/10/2015
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:42 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1-40:38; Numbers 19:1-22                         
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 7:41 p.m.

You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath’ [Exodus 35:3].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Why Israel’s Arab Vote Potential Is High This Election

03/10/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Expectations for heightened Arab involvement in Israeli national politics are rising. There is a chance that the newly formed Joint List, bringing together four Arab political parties, could generate a higher voter turnout on March 17 than those parties had previously attracted as separate lists, and possibly make the united Arab bloc the official opposition in the next Knesset.

Kenneth Bandler

Golda Would Not Have Confronted The President

03/10/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

What would Golda have done?

Would she have appeared before a joint session of the United States Congress in response to an invitation from the head of one political party extended without the knowledge of the president, from the opposing party, to argue against a policy being pursued by that president?

Francine Klagsbrun
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