Editorial & Opinion

A Chief Rabbi For All Jews

07/16/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

With the once-a-decade election of Israel’s two chief rabbis scheduled for July 24, Rabbi David Stav, the 53-year-old Religious Zionist candidate for the Ashkenazi post who is attempting to end the two-decade-long reign of the fervently Orthodox, has already achieved a significant victory. Through his long and very public campaign this year he has shed light on a process that has long been kept in the shadows, understandably, because it is ugly, nasty and an embarrassment to Judaism.

The EU’s Obstacle To Peace

07/16/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Among our Lamentations this week was the news on Tisha b’Av that the European Union would cease all funding and cooperation with Israeli activity beyond the Green Line (1967 borders). This diplomatic and economic ostracism includes not only the entirety of the West Bank but even the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem — the place, of course, of the Temple Mount and Kotel, our holiest sites.

The Road To Ruins

07/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Ruins are a catalyst to imagination. When we see the remains of an old building or civilization we can imagine what once stood in that place. Should you travel this summer, notice the inspiration of lost splendor. Gaps and flaws and remnants are the spur to vision.

Rabbi David Wolpe

The YU Impasse: Putting A Price On Sexual Abuse

Sorting through conflicting interests when it comes to compensation for alleged victims.
07/16/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

A few days before Tisha b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, I sat down and read a modern-day version of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Self-Sacrifice Of Moses

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 9:11 p.m.

Freema Gottlieb

Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha b’Av

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Tisha b’Av — the day of mourning for the loss of both Temples in Jerusalem and for the end of Jewish sovereignty until 1948 — is often marked by turning inwards, by examining the senseless hatred and other societal failures that the Talmud blames for the destruction and exile. (It fell earlier this week.) For some, this is a day to focus on tikkun olam (repairing the world) and to heed the words of the Prophets by protesting against corrupt leaders and injustice.

Gerald M. Steinberg

Halachic Template For Women’s Ordination Isn’t New

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Modern Orthodox Yeshivat Maharat’s investiture of three women as halachic and spiritual leaders has drawn rapturous praise from the non-Orthodox world, including the liberal Jewish press.  The ordination ceremony — attended by enthusiastic representatives of the progressive and Orthodox communities alike — has been acclaimed in print as “a landmark event in Jewish history” and “a revolution … to be praised and admired.”

Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg

Lamm’s Honesty

07/09/2013 - 20:00

I hope everyone has read Rabbi Norman Lamm’s entire letter [of his resignation as chancellor and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University]. It is an incomparable
example of honesty and humility, as well as a prescription for all of us to
follow.

Sacrificial Lamm

07/09/2013 - 20:00

The news headline of “Norman Lamm Cites Mistakes As He Retires from YU” (July 5) misleadingly implies that he retired because of mistakes he made, even though the text of the article makes it clear that the “mistakes” occurred more than three decades ago.

Questions For Rabbis

07/09/2013 - 20:00

Regarding your editorial, “Time To Act On Agunot” (July 3), you rightly conclude that “it is time to increase social pressure on our rabbis to find
a way to make agunot a problem solved, not one that continues to stain our
community.”

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