Editorial & Opinion

The Real Story Behind Tu b’Shvat

Special To The Jewish Week

In many Jewish communities, there is a custom to eat dried fruit from the Land of Israel on Tu b’Shvat (the 15th of Shvat). It marks the “New Year” for the fruit of the trees, and this year it falls on Jan. 26.

Elli Fischer

Memo To The Next Knesset: Get To Know American Jewry

Israeli media coverage of American Jewish life is mostly confined to the ebb and flow of the Israel lobby in Washington.
Special To The Jewish Week

American Jews didn’t vote in this week’s Israeli elections, but many decisions made by the newly elected 19th Knesset will directly affect the Jewish community here.

Soldiers pass by campaign posters of Labor party leader Sheli Ehimovitch ahead of Israel's Jan. 22 elections. Getty Images

That Which Endures


In his autobiography, the great director Akira Kurosowa muses: “’Mono-no-aware,’ sadness at the fleeting nature of things, like the sweet, nostalgic sorrow of watching the cherry blossoms fall — when I heard this ancient poetic term, I was suddenly struck by enlightenment as if waking from a dream.”

David Wolpe

The Magic Of Midnight

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:38 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 10:1-13:16
Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
Havdalah: 5:41 p.m.

There is something magic about midnight, as any child who has read Cinderella can tell you. It is the witching hour when imagination fails, when radiance turns into pumpkins, when dreams die fast.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Being In The ‘Now’


Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, which I usually thoroughly enjoy, missed the mark by a wide margin (“The Power Of Now,” Jan. 4). Being in the “now” does not mean rejecting the past, or dismissing what is to come.

Lower East Side Still Vibrant


Ari Goldman is correct (“Only the Subway Stop Remains,” Directions, Dec. 28)

A New ‘Up’ Cycle


Lessons From Lincoln Square


The story of the Lincoln Square Synagogue’s financial disaster in constructing a new building (“Lincoln Square Gamble: If You Build It, Will They Come?” Jan. 4) presents a lesson for all congregational leaders about the risks of succumbing to the “edifice complex.”  

Ark Not Kitschy


Your Jan. 4 sidebar on Lincoln Square Synagogue’s aron kodesh (“Craters Of The Last Ark”) mentions that some find its unusual design kitschy. I disagree.

Time To Challenge Hagel


Former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense should be vigorously challenged (“What To Do About Hagel?” Jan. 11).

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