Editorial & Opinion

So, You Want Your School To Be More Like Camp?

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

‘We should make our school more like camp” has been a popular refrain lately. It is impossible to spend time at a Jewish overnight summer camp and not be moved by the intensity of relationships, depth of spirit, and pure joy that imbues the setting. The off-season is a time for camp memories, keeping up with camp friends, and generally biding one’s time until the next summer.

Jeffrey S. Kress

A Tale Of Ruthian Proportions

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

On the piano in our study, surrounded by myriad pictures of grandchildren, stands a photograph of a family Passover seder taken some time in the 1940s. In it my grandparents sit at one end of the dining room table in their small Borough Park apartment, my grandfather in his white kittel, my grandmother in her best holiday dress. Behind them stand my father and his four brothers, and seated in front of them are my mother and the brothers’ spouses.

Francine Klagsbrun

Torture, War, And Bin Laden: A Jewish Perspective

05/08/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

For those of us far removed from the torture cell and battlefield, it is all too easy to be misinformed about intelligence gathering and its efficacy and morality. But to maintain our national integrity, we must all gain clarity on this crucial moral and political issue. Torture is ineffective, illegal and immoral, and it makes us less safe. It must be stopped at all levels.     

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

The Omer: Counting Our Words

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:45 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 21:1-24:23
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31
Havdalah: 8:50 p.m.     
        

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

What My Father Learned From Mordecai Kaplan

05/08/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Back in the 1950’s, Orthodoxy was descendant with many predicting its demise.

Are We Overly Invested In Bricks And Mortar?

Nasty battle in Chicago between federation and a campus Hillel underscores widening clash in ideology.

05/01/2012
Editor And Publisher

The ugly public battle between the University of Chicago Hillel and its parent organization, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, merits attention because it transcends the immediate issues of funding, independence, governance and power. (See Editorial, “Showdown At Chicago Hillel,” April 27.)

The conflict speaks to a wider struggle between younger and older approaches to sustaining meaningful Jewish organizations, and to the future of innovation in communal life.

Gary Rosenblatt

Taking On Title VI

05/01/2012
Editorial

Jewish organizations were gratified when in 2010 the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights broadened its interpretation of Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition to prohibiting discrimination based on race, national origin or color in federally funded programs, the provision added protection against “harassment of members of religious groups based on shared ethnic characteristics,” which in practical terms includes Jews.

Israel’s Internal Warfare

05/01/2012
Editorial

It is more than disconcerting to read daily reports of high-level Israeli officials publicly and sharply criticizing each other in disagreeing over whether Israel is or isn’t prepared to attack Iran’s nuclear program, whether it should or shouldn’t go forward with the plan, and whether the motives of the prime minister and defense minister are based on security or politics.

From Loss, Understanding

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Why does God command Abraham to sacrifice his son, only to countermand the command at the last moment?

Inappropriate Headline

05/01/2012

Rabbi David Wolpe’s invoking our weekly greeting of the Sabbath Bride is indeed inspiring, reminding us how important intangible, non-material things are to “give life its purpose and beauty” (“The Evidence Of Things Not Seen,” Musings, April 27).

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