Editorial & Opinion

2017: A Year of Anniversaries

10/19/2016 - 12:54
Special To The Jewish Week

There are at least six significant Israel-related anniversaries approaching in 2017: the first Zionist Congress (120th), the Balfour Declaration (100th), the UN General Assembly Partition Resolution (70th), the Six-Day War (50th), Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem (40th), and the first intifada (30th). Each one offers a valuable lesson relevant to us today.

Martin J. Raffel

How Obama Can Still Advance Mideast Peace

10/19/2016 - 12:52
Special To The Jewish Week

As President Obama’s second term draws to a close, there has been widespread speculation as to whether the United States will support a U.N. resolution on the Israel-Palestinian Authority impasse or make a “parameters” speech or statement laying out his vision of what a final status agreement would look like. In my judgment, the president should do neither. 

Robert Sugarman

How To Treat Syrians?

10/13/2016 - 10:48

Re: “Amid Terror, Refugee Advocates Seek Balance” (Sept. 23): In 1973, as a volunteer living on Kibbutz Mizrah, in the Yizrael Valley, I saw my kibbutz friends go off to fight in the Yom Kippur War on multiple fronts. We stayed behind and worked the kibbutz dairy.

Clinton Dangerous

10/13/2016 - 10:01

So sad (“With Election Nearing, Anxiety On The Pulpit,” Oct. 7).

For any rabbi not to understand how dangerous Hillary Clinton is to the health of the Jewish people is beyond depressing. Shame on them. Her support of the Iran fiasco; her J Street vice presidential running mate; her support of the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Black Lives Matter movement; and her connection to George Soros.

Not Even Close

10/13/2016 - 09:59

Even though I agree with the author’s basic point, it borders on sin to equate Clinton and Trump with the blithe phrase “two unpopular presidential candidates widely perceived as seriously flawed” (“As The Election Nears, No Prophetic Voice For The Poor,” Opinion, Oct. 7).

Nuts To Be A Democrat

10/13/2016 - 09:58

Re: “With Election Nearing, Anxiety On The Pulpit” (Oct. 7): All of the quotes in the article are explicitly or implicitly pro-Clinton.

Bad Deal For Israel

10/13/2016 - 09:44

In “Who’s Right On The Iran Nuke Deal” (Oct. 7), JTA Washington correspondent Ron Kampeas omits reference to the following existential threats to Israel: Some parts of the deal only refer to existing known nuclear facilities, and don’t cover (a) now-unknown facilities or (b) new facilities not yet built.

The Power Of Forgiveness

10/13/2016 - 09:11

Why is it so hard to forgive? We have each committed sins, we all need to be forgiven, yet for many who have been hurt, it is a great struggle to forgive.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Frustrated: Israelis And American Jews. Discuss.

10/13/2016 - 08:30
Editor and Publisher

A high-ranking Israeli official, on a recent visit to New York, complained to me about what he sees as the growing gap between Israel and American Jewry. It’s a view I share, and it’s not new. But he spoke with deep frustration about being subjected to a barrage of grievances from American Jewish leaders unhappy with and worried about the actions of the Netanyahu government.

Gary Rosenblatt

Perspectives On Heaven And Earth

10/11/2016 - 12:08
Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 5:58 p.m. (Fri.); 5:55 p.m. (Sun.); 6:53 (Mon.)
Torah: Deut. 32:1-32:52
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1-51
Havdalah: 6:57 p.m. (Sat.); 6:52 p.m. (Tue.)

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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