Editorial & Opinion

More Than Meets The Eye

02/04/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Idolatry is alluring. An idol is something one can touch and feel and is made with human hands. Although idols in antiquity traditionally represented forces beyond themselves, they were still the visible, tangible symbols to which people clung and to which they prayed.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Who’ll Blink First?

The Israel lobby and the White House stare each other down over Iran and its rhetoric.

02/04/2014 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Soon after the ill-fated Oslo agreement was signed between Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin on the White House lawn in 1993, the PLO leader began speaking in Arab countries of “jihad,” explaining how, according to Islamic tradition, truces could be signed as a means of lulling one’s enemies before conquering them.

Gary Rosenblatt

Kerry Adds Fuel To BDS Fire

02/04/2014 - 19:00

Isolated diplomatically by its Arab neighbors since its creation in 1948 and shunned economically by some anti-Israel nations and corporations in recent decades, Israel now stands at the precipice of a wide-scale economic boycott.

Limiting Debate On Israel Will Only Hurt Us

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish

The current controversy brewing in the Hillel universe is only the latest example of a Jewish community polarized over how we can or can’t talk about Israel. The guidelines, developed by national Hillel in 2010, were designed to provide a basis upon which a local Hillel could prevent overtly anti-Israel groups from speaking under the Hillel banner.

Sid Schwarz

The Art Of Sacred Writing

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: A version of this essay appeared in The Jewish Week Gala Journal in December.

Rabbi Judah, a Talmud scholar and scribe was once asked by Rabbi Yishmael to name his profession. Rabbi Judah told him that he was a scribe. Rabbi Yishmael responded: “Son, be careful in your work for it is the work of Heaven. If you omit a single letter or add a letter, you destroy the whole world.”

Erica Brown

The Essence Of Jewish Royalty

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:02 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 27:30-30:10
Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27
Havdalah: 6:03 p.m.

Rabbi Jill Hausman

The Last Prisoners Of World War II

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This week, the plundering of Holocaust-era art comes to the big screen with the release of the star-studded Hollywood movie, “The Monuments Men,” the dramatic story of a small section of the Allied armies that was devoted to protecting the culture of Europe during the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of items of art and Judaica were looted by the Nazis in one of the greatest thefts in history. 

Gideon Taylor

Welcome To Stamford, Limmud N.Y

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In a few weeks, hundreds of Jewish New Yorkers will gather for the 10th annual Limmud conference, right here in Stamford. 

Joshua Hammerman

I Signed The Post-Nup. Why Haven't You?

I do not want to live in a world in which there is a single woman chained to an empty marriage.

01/30/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

No one enters a marriage thinking that it will end in divorce. But sometimes, it does. And no one enters a marriage thinking that their spouse might refuse a get-- the religious divorce document-- as leverage for a better divorce settlement or, worse yet, simply to inflict suffering. But sometimes, they do.

We cannot afford not to sign this document, the author writes. Photo courtesy Rori Picker Neiss
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