Editorial & Opinion

Haredi Draft Solution

09/10/2013 - 20:00

As we all know, the issue of draft deferments for yeshiva students is roiling
Israel and has the potential of further dividing the country.

School For Russian Jews

09/10/2013 - 20:00

I agreed with much of what Rabbi Mordechai Tokarsky stated in his opinion piece, “Losing The Battle Here To Keep Russian Jews Jewish” (Aug. 30), regarding missionaries’ battle for the soul of Russian Jewry.

In-Marriage: A New Discussion

A statement from a modern-day prophet is important and hard to hear.
09/10/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

"A Portrait of American Jews,” a major study due out soon from The Pew Research Center, is said to show that more than 60 percent of the children of intermarriage are raised as Jews.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Road Taken

09/10/2013 - 20:00

"What should I do with my life?” The question pursues us to the very end of our days. The question of fulfilling our destiny in this world is a constant challenge and provocation.

Rabbi David Wolpe

While Iran Is Watching

09/10/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Officials in Jerusalem are not pleased or comfortable at being thrust into the center of an American political controversy over a possible U.S. military strike against Syria. There’s no doubt that Israel favors a strong response from Washington to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s evil use of chemical warfare against his own civilian population. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government would prefer to stay out of the limelight, insisting, correctly, that this issue is not about Israel, which fortunately can defend itself against Damascus. It’s about the perception of America in the international community, and particularly in the eyes of Iran’s leaders, who are watching carefully to see if the world’s only superpower is willing to make good on its word to prevent “red lines” of non-conventional warfare from being crossed.

‘Never Again’ Must Become More Than Just A Slogan

09/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Seinfeld” aficionados will remember how the series ended, with the four main characters being convicted under a highly unusual statute for not intervening to prevent a carjacking. Normally, in U.S. law, there is no affirmative requirement to help anyone in distress. Good Samaritan laws were passed to shield those who take action voluntarily from potential liability claims based on those actions. 

Martin Raffel

God’s Gatekeepers: Signs Of Progress Regarding Israel’s Rabbinate

09/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

Elli Fischer

Jonah: Growing A Wild Compassion

09/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:52 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 16:1-34; 18:1-30;
Numbers 29:7-11
Haftarah: Isaiah 57:14-58:14;
Book of Jonah; Micah 7:18-20
Yom Kippur ends: 7:49 p.m.

Shelly R. Fredman

The World’s New Year

09/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We read the paper and learn of deprivation we will never see with our own eyes. It is hard enough to help a neighbor; how can we imagine helping people in other lands, who speak a different language and live in a foreign culture?

Rabbi David Wolpe

Misguided Effort

09/03/2013 - 20:00

Why is Martin Raffel, senior vice president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, meeting with Palestinian Americans and mapping out strategies for Israel’s negotiations, which, after all, are the province of Israel’s democratically elected leaders (“For the Israeli-Palestinian Talks to be Successful,” Opinion, Aug. 9)?

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