Editorial & Opinion

Dealing With Prayer At The Kotel

12/03/2013 - 19:00

Regarding the Sharansky-Mandelblit proposals under current consideration [for equitable prayer at the Western Wall]: any solution that enshrines privilege for and domination by any stream of Jewish worship at the Kotel, or any public, sacred space in Israel, is a terrible, short-sighted policy that will come back and bite us in perpetuity.

Helping Singles Meet

12/03/2013 - 19:00

Stewart Ain’s N.Y. Minute interview with Rabbi Perry Tirschwell, “Vows To Serve The
Young In Young Israel” (Nov. 29), addresses a topic of great importance, particularly
here on the Upper West Side.

Improper Political Correctness

12/03/2013 - 19:00

The article, “‘Knockout’ Comes To Crown Heights” (Nov. 29) was terribly disturbing. Not
only due to the evidently increasing incidence of these sickening vicious
random attacks, but also because of the offensive apologetics offered by City
Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.

Credit To Rabbi Schneier

12/03/2013 - 19:00

Your timely Editorial praising the work of the Foundation for Understanding
(“Jewish-Muslim Bonds Deepening,” Nov. 15) detailing some of the
foundation’s accomplishments and programs was most welcome.

What About Israel?

12/03/2013 - 19:00

I find it strange that there is no mention of Israel and support of the Masorti/Conservative movement in Chancellor Eisen’s article (“Let’s Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Opinion, Nov. 29).

What About Halacha?

12/03/2013 - 19:00

I am in agreement with Chancellor Eisen and I also treasure what the institutions of the Conservative movement have done for my family and me (“Lets Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Opinion, Nov. 29).

Unaffordable Judaism

12/03/2013 - 19:00

For me the key words [in Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s Opinion essay] are “affordable intensive Judaism.”
Chancellor Eisen mentions day care, early childhood programs, day school education and Ramah camps. They are becoming less and less affordable (“Let’s Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Nov. 29).

Opening Bell For UJA-Fed. Campaign

12/03/2013 - 19:00

The Wall Street community “may be a punching bag for the media at times,” noted Robert Kapito, the president of BlackRock and chair of the annual UJA-Federation of New York Wall Street Dinner, held here Monday evening. But that community is a leader in philanthropy, he asserted, noting that this year’s event, the granddaddy of UJA-Federation fundraisers, was the largest ever, with more than 1,700 attendees, and raising more than $26 million for the 2014 annual campaign.

Score One For Israel At The UN

12/03/2013 - 19:00

A milestone for Israel, long overdue, was achieved this week when the Jewish state was invited to become a member of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations in Geneva.

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

12/03/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” General Kutuzov exasperates his comrades by refusing to take action Napoleon. “Maneuver,” they urge him, “outflank, attack!” But the general, except for ordering an occasional retreat, insists on doing as close to nothing as he can. Napoleon, on the other hand, is a frenzy of activity. As a result, his supply lines are overextended, and the Russian winter devastates his army. Failing to lure the czar’s troops into a decisive confrontation, he is forced to withdraw, beaten, back to France. Tolstoy summarizes Kutuzov’s philosophy as “the less you do, the less you err.”

Rabbi David Wolpe
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