Editorial & Opinion

Upset At Friends Supporting Trump

08/03/2016 - 09:12

How disturbing it is to see many of my friends and people that I thought to be intelligent openly endorse Donald Trump, or any Republican, who spews hate against women, the poor, immigrants and religious groups (“Jews For Trump,” July 22).

On Moving And Moving On

08/03/2016 - 09:11

On Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “A Moving Experience” (July 15):

My husband and I are closing on an apartment in New York City. Over the course of the next year, we will clean out our large suburban home to begin the next phase of our lives. I have already begun the incredibly difficult (for me) process of cleaning out old papers, pictures and mementos. I began with the five boxes of photos and other things that have been stacked in my garage for the past five years, left over from when I cleaned out my mother’s apartment. These boxes were filled with those things that I had no idea what to do with and just couldn’t bear to throw out.

Wrong Time, Wrong Message

08/03/2016 - 09:10

I read “Group Of YCT Grads Protest Partnership Minyan” (July 29) and it was the first time I found out about the publication of this letter. I am an alum of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School and a member of the board of directors of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF).

Once More, Bring Ethiopian Jews Home

08/03/2016 - 09:08

Twenty-five years ago, a covert, 36-hour airlift spirited some 14,000 Ethiopian Jews out of the country during a civil war. Called Operation Solomon, it captured the imagination of the world.

The operation used modern technology, a fleet of airplanes, to rescue an ancient people — the Jews of Ethiopia, who are thought to have lived there for some 2,000 years, descendants of the biblical tribe of Dan.


08/03/2016 - 09:02
Special To The Jewish Week

Luddite that I am, I thought GoFundMe was just another request from my children for cash. It’s actually a website so that other peoples’ kids can ask for money, like funding for unusual projects, tuition, travel or rehab. People need funding to recover from serious house fires or for escalating medical costs. Crowd-sourcers bring attention to their causes and find someone else to pay for them. It’s brilliant. My own list is growing.

Erica Brown

Feeling Others’ Pain

08/03/2016 - 09:00

The Roman poet Horace wrote, “It is your affair when your neighbor’s house is on fire.” For two kinds of people, it is of concern for two types of reasons.

Rabbi David Wolpe

OU Grapples With Roles Of Women In Clergy

Deep concern that strong stand on female rabbis could split the Orthodox community.

08/03/2016 - 08:40
Editor and Publisher

The Orthodox Union, the influential national body that serves hundreds of synagogues around the country, finds itself in a bind on an extremely delicate issue that touches on Jewish law and tradition, as well as societal norms in America — the role of women in synagogue life.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Conversion, The True Issue Is Standards

08/02/2016 - 15:29

Much has been written about conversion matters recently and too much of that has focused on the wrong issue – the virtues and vices of centralized or decentralized rabbinical courts.  Not enough attention has been given to the much more important systemic issues: standards of observance for conversion.

Rabbi Michael Broyde

The Torah Imagines A Greenbelt

08/02/2016 - 13:31
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:48 p.m.
Torah: Num. 30:2-36:13
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 8:47 p.m.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz

The Pressing Need For A Two-State Strategy

08/02/2016 - 10:26
Special To The Jewish Week

There is almost universal agreement that a two-state solution — Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and Palestine as a state for the Palestinians — is not going to happen in the foreseeable future. The question is: What should Israel do to deal with this reality? 

Robert Sugarman
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