Editorial & Opinion

Hiding and Seeking

Special To The Jewish Week

Why do we hide from one another? Some observers have noted that in a maternity ward the babies are remarkably quiet and attribute it to conditioning in the wild — making noise is dangerous when one is helpless. When parental protection is near the baby will cry, but when alone the baby remains silent.

Psychiatrist R.D. Laing wrote, “Being visible is therefore a basic biological risk; being invisible is a basic biological defense.” Silence and hiding may be intrinsic to who we are.

Missing The Point At The UN


The shallowness of mainstream media was evidenced last week in its reporting on the major addresses to the United Nations General Assembly by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

U.S. Policy Weakens Our Defense Against Terrorism

Special To The Jewish Week

In the upcoming election, the nation faces a choice of two candidates who present contrasting positions on virtually every meaningful issue. They see America differently and would lead the country along different paths. It is hard to recall another time when the differences were so divergent or important.

Kenneth J. Bialkin

Israel Isn’t The Only Issue In This Election

Special To The Jewish Week

When I read or hear comments expressing suspicion of President Obama’s motives regarding the security of Israel, sometimes by people I respect and admire, I’m incredulous. The phrase “brainwashed” comes to mind. An individual who is brainwashed clings to his/her beliefs irrespective of any contrary evidence. It’s a “my country, my leader, my people, right or wrong” view of the world. Blindly embracing these beliefs is usually perceived as loyalty.

Edith Everett

Three Guests, Three Questions

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 6:13 p.m. (Fri.); 6:10 p.m. (Sun.); after 7:07 p.m. (Mon.)
Torah: Exodus 33:12-34:26; 
Numbers 29:23-31
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah: 7:10 p.m. (Sat.);
7:05 p.m. (Tue.)

This the time of year when Jews invite ushpizin, guests from the Bible, into our sukkah. Many of us nowadays manufacture our own list of invitees — from the totality of time.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

A Rare Chance to Reflect

Editor and Publisher

Sometimes conversations are more noteworthy for the topics they don’t include than for the ones they do.

Gary Rosenblatt

What Draws Interfaith Families To Jewish Life

Special To The Jewish Week

Two findings on intermarriage highlight the “New York Jewish Community Study of 2011.” First, there is a huge amount of intermarriage, and it is continuing; between 2006 and 2011, half of the non-Orthodox couples formed were intermarried couples. Second, measured by the study’s index of Jewish engagement, the intermarried score low, but those that do engage act comparably to the in-married. The critical question is, what attracts interfaith families to engage Jewishly?

Edmund Case

A Fragile Peace

Special to the Jewish Week


The evening prayer for peace, the Hashkeveinu, asks God to “spread a sukkah of peace” over us. Why a “sukkah” of peace?

The most important characteristic about the sukkah is that it is fragile. If a sukkah is too sturdily built it is not kosher. From the outside it may appear as if it will endure, but a single powerful wind threatens the entire structure.

Defends Chief Rabbi


In the Sept. 21 editorial, “Religious Concerns: In Israel, Too,” you note that [Israeli Chief] Rabbi Amar advised Jews to “pray alone, or not at all, on the High Holy Days rather than in a Reform congregation.” You then suggest that “a greater degree of empathy expressed by the chief rabbi for others who do not share his level of observance would go a long way toward convincing non-Orthodox Jews in Israel that the Chief Rabbinate is committed to their spiritual well-being rather than ensuring their status as second-class Jews.”

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