Editorial & Opinion

Heschel’s Moral Compass

09/28/2016 - 16:34

Thank you to the editor for a provocative, interesting and troubling column (“What Would Heschel Do?” Sept. 9).

Critic Of Refugees

09/28/2016 - 16:29

Jewish support for Islamic immigration is Jewish support for Jewish emigration. (“Amid Terror, Refugee Advocates Seek Balance,” Sept. 23)

We should learn from France, where our Jewish brothers and sisters are fleeing to Israel because of the anti-Semitism that came along with the Muslim refugees who came to France.

Upset With Professor Diner

09/28/2016 - 16:22

I was appalled, but not surprised, about the latest Jewish professor’s attitude towards Israel (“NYU Prof Spurs Fresh Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12). For an academic, in history, you would expect context, but I guess that is too much to expect.

Not Open To All Refugees

09/28/2016 - 16:20

In his Opinion essay, Rabbi Rolando Matalon writes glowingly of the welcome his grandparents received in America, as well he should. (“Open The Gates For Refugees,” Sept. 23)
What he neither reflects on, nor writes about, is the intense hatred of Jews and
 Israel on the part of Syrians that drove them out. Is it that he thinks Syrian culture and Syrian education has been radically transformed over the
years? I do not.


Pro-Israel Website

09/28/2016 - 16:19

Kol hakavod [all honor to] Gerald Ostrov, for all the work he is doing for the land of Israel. (“New Tacks In Battling Israel’s Image Problem” (Sept. 16).

We need more dedicated people like him. Thanks to him for preparing the right path of others to follow.

Calling Steven Spielberg

09/28/2016 - 16:17

Regarding “New Tacks In Battling Israel’s Image Problem” (Editor’s column, Sept. 16), here’s an idea: engage Steven Spielberg to do an updated dramatic and factual remake of “Cast A Giant Shadow,” the story of Col. Mickey Marcus.

Loved Novel About JTS

09/28/2016 - 16:15

While reading “The Beautiful Possible,” I was taken on a multiple-decade journey. (“JTS, The Novel,” Sept. 23) I shed a tear at the end. I believed in the memorable characters. They are so well rounded and throughout the story, the author's voice is pleasantly present. I had a great cultural experience through the reading of each page, and the book gave me many moments of reflection. It was poetic, and daring, and brought me to a place where I had never been before.
Now I need to learn more about many Jewish customs and Jewish words.

Disagrees With CUNY Finding

09/28/2016 - 16:11

Far be it from me to challenge the conclusion of a former federal judge and an ex-assistant federal prosecutor, but it may be that pro-Arab students commit criminal offenses when they conduct “mock checkpoints” at any City University of New York campus. (“Campus Bias To Get Fresh Scrutiny After CUNY Report,” Sept. 16)
A six-month investigation conducted by Barbara Jones, the former judge, and Paul Shechtman, the former prosecutor, describes “mock checkpoints” at CUNY as “political speech,” as reported in your story. 

Returning To The Pulpit, With Gratitude

09/28/2016 - 14:22
Special To The Jewish Week

Last Rosh HaShanah, I heard the shofar blasts in my kitchen, when my rabbi (who is also my mentor and friend) came over in the afternoon of the first day of the holiday, shofar in hand.

Rabbi Ilana Garber

Turning God’s Prayer Into Our Lived Lives

09/28/2016 - 12:21
Special To The Jewish Week

How many times have you said or heard the phrase, Shanah Tovah? Even if you limit your response to this holiday season alone, I bet it’s dozens, if not hundreds, of times, and if you think about a lifetime of use, we are probably getting into the thousands. That’s a lot of good wishes — both received and offered. But what are we really wishing each other with those two little words? 

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
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