Editorial & Opinion

The Challenge of Offering Moral Rebuke in the Workplace

Jewish Week Online Columnist

At work, we consistently offer positive reinforcement and constructive feedback to others to improve the quality of our collective efforts. From a Jewish perspective, we are not only concerned with the efficacy of our work but also the ethics of the workplace. In addition to personal accountability, all Jewish workers have a sacred duty to be a moral presence as well.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek.

What Would Mordechai Do?

At AIPAC, assessing the Obama-Bibi standoff on the eve of Purim.

Editor And Publisher

Washington — The timing this week was hard to ignore. A do-or-die confrontation over Iran between two influential leaders, with the fate of the Jewish people at stake.

I’m not just referring to the Obama-Netanyahu showdown at the White House on when and whether to strike at Tehran’s nuclear sites, but to an encounter centuries ago between Queen Esther and King Ahasveros in ancient Persia — today’s Iran — and her plea that he reverse the wicked Haman’s death sentence for the Jewish population.

Gary Rosenblatt

Houston’s Champions


If sports don’t just build character but reveal it, then the Beren Academy’s wild and improbable ride to a championship high school basketball game in Texas (even if they lost) revealed something extraordinary about that small Houston yeshiva and the American spirit’s admiration and respect for Jews who respect themselves and their Judaism.

Israel’s Impossible Choice


On Tuesday, many of the 14,000 delegates to this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference — by far the largest attendance ever — fanned out across Capitol Hill, with more than 500 meetings planned with congressmen and the staffs of all 100 senators. Their message: the U.S. should close ranks with Israel and get tougher with Iran.

Spirit Of Competition


‘The jealousy of scholars increases wisdom.” (Talmud Bava Bathra 21a.)

Lucky Dog


I loved your article about Harvey the dog (“Crown Heights Going To The Dogs,” March 2). He is one lovable pooch. If I had a pooch, I would want one like Harvey. Dale is a lucky person to end up with Harvey. If I were around a dog like that, I would be just like those kids.

Unusual Pidyon HaBen


Regarding “New Grandchild, Ancient Ritual” (Editor’s column, March 2) your readers will be interested in learning about an “historic” Pidyon HaBen which took place recently. Eleven new immigrant students from Russia — all first-born sons — were “redeemed” in a moving Pidyon HaBen ceremony held at Boys Town Jerusalem.

Overexposure On The Beach


“Not Your Typical Beach Days” (Feb. 24) details photographer Michal Ronnen Safdie’s interpretation of her subjects, Orthodox women on a Tel Aviv beach. She used her camera to capture what she called “tender, human, often humorous moments shared by these women.”

Anti-AIPAC Tone


I guess The Jewish Week has enlisted in the “legion of critics,” James Besser’s term for the AIPAC opposition (“Political, Communal Divisions Pose Fresh Threat To AIPAC,” March 2). 
His overall anti-AIPAC tone is certainly not surprising. Describing Israel with the term  “occupier” is particularly reprehensible. This is the standard of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions mafia. 

Not Just For Elderly


Your article, “Nursing Home Move Sparks NIMBY Outcry” (Feb. 24), overlooked a crucial fact in documenting the neighborhood’s concerns: Contrary to the widespread myopic assumption that nursing facilities are exclusively for the elderly, it should be emphasized that people of all ages — including children — are consigned to such care.

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