Editorial & Opinion

Thanksgiving And Chanukah: Two Distinct Holidays

11/18/2013 - 19:00

As someone who loves to eat and is proud to be an American, I would never be the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving. But I confess. I have not been swept up in the whirlwind excitement over Thanksgivukkah. The last time Chanukah occurred around this season was 1861, but President Lincoln only declared Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863.

The Fate Of A Mamzer

The religious/human rights tug of war over how to treat illegitimate children.

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Today, the Jewish concept of the mamzer — the halachically illegitimate child — may seem to be irrelevant and detached from modern reality. Liberal Western discourse has difficulty relating to it; even for Israeli and Jewish society, it seems to be somewhat archaic. The fact is, however, that this halachic notion is alive and well.

Gitit Paz

Jump-starting A Synagogue Stimulus Plan

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At the recent national convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Rabbi Ed Feinstein was reported to have said, “The house is on fire,” as a way to signal to Conservative congregations that the hour is too late for synagogues to think about modest changes in the way they do their business. Since the 2000 publication of my book, “Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews can Transform the American Synagogue,” I have worked with many congregations and rabbis across the denominational spectrum about strategies to move their institutions from the current paradigm — the synagogue-center — to a new paradigm, the synagogue-community, which is far better suited to address the changing reality of American life and the next generation of American Jews.

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Calendar Mash-up Is Spur To Gratitude

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What do you get when you cross Chanukah with Thanksgiving?  Sounds like the beginning of a Borscht Belt joke, I know, but it’s not only happening this year, the convergence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving is actually a once-in-a-lifetime event, which, if celebrated well, is also an event that can change your life forever. 

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

The Return Of The Lost

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 37:1-40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Freema Gottlieb

Negotiation With Iran Leads To Threat of War

Bibi: 'If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.'
11/14/2013 - 19:00

Recent reports of the status of negotiations with Iran to resolve the risk of Iran's threat to become a nuclear power have alarming implications.  The U.S. is apparently supporting a deal where existing sanctions on Iran will be relaxed against an Iranian pledge to freeze its progress towards achieving nuclear weapon capability.

Deception That Led To Blessing

How can we justify Rebecca and Jacob's trickery?
10/28/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:35 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 25:19-28:9
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42
Havdalah: 6:34 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Morality Of Retaliation

This weeks' Torah portion contains a precedent for military action.
11/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 4:19 p.m.

Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:43                                                

Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12(Ashkenaz);
Ovadiah 1:1-21 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:19 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

"I Am Not Orthodox"

Our definitions should be based on the highest common denominator: the Jewish soul.

11/13/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am not Orthodox.

There. I said it.

Rabbi Mendel Teldon

Working Together to Expand Support for Israel on Campus

11/12/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week


The Jewish community is rightly concerned with a campus environment that is too often hostile to Israel. Public demonstrations, inflammatory language and personal attacks by anti-Israel organizations seek to exploit the spirit of open debate and public action central to American academic life.

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