Editorial & Opinion

The Return Of The Lost

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 37:1-40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Freema Gottlieb

Negotiation With Iran Leads To Threat of War

Bibi: 'If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.'
11/14/2013 - 19:00

Recent reports of the status of negotiations with Iran to resolve the risk of Iran's threat to become a nuclear power have alarming implications.  The U.S. is apparently supporting a deal where existing sanctions on Iran will be relaxed against an Iranian pledge to freeze its progress towards achieving nuclear weapon capability.

Deception That Led To Blessing

How can we justify Rebecca and Jacob's trickery?
10/28/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:35 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 25:19-28:9
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42
Havdalah: 6:34 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Morality Of Retaliation

This weeks' Torah portion contains a precedent for military action.
11/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 4:19 p.m.

Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:43                                                

Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12(Ashkenaz);
Ovadiah 1:1-21 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 5:19 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

"I Am Not Orthodox"

Our definitions should be based on the highest common denominator: the Jewish soul.

11/13/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am not Orthodox.

There. I said it.

Rabbi Mendel Teldon

Working Together to Expand Support for Israel on Campus

11/12/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week


The Jewish community is rightly concerned with a campus environment that is too often hostile to Israel. Public demonstrations, inflammatory language and personal attacks by anti-Israel organizations seek to exploit the spirit of open debate and public action central to American academic life.

Why Hide From Jewish Identity?

11/12/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Years ago I heard a story about the remarkable Ben Hecht, creator of the screwball comedy, writer extraordinaire, acrobat, violinist and passionate defender of Jews in World War II and Israel. When the state was founded, Hecht found himself in the office of a Jewish mogul raising money for Israel.

Rabbi David Wolpe

More On New Bedford

11/12/2013 - 19:00

In the Oct. 11 issue, travel writer Hilary Larson profiled New Bedford, Mass., in her story “One Whale Of A Town.” I am one of the two rabbis in New Bedford, and it is too bad that Ms. Larson did not contact me about the Jewish history of New Bedford. I have done extensive research using the documentary record of the Jewish community. These documents explain the objectives of the immigrant Jewish community and what European rabbis were doing in the city and beyond to strengthen Judaism.

Why Boast Of One’s Challenges?

11/12/2013 - 19:00

To be Orthodox means to
appreciate the fact that the mitzvot are of divine origin and the Torah is
the “manual” to life.
Another principle to Orthodoxy is that no human is perfect. We are each born
with our unique evil inclination: for some the temptation is money, for
others drugs, for others it is observing the Sabbath, for still others it is
the illicit sexual relations of any of the varieties listed in the Torah
reading of Yom Kippur afternoon. 

Judaism, After All, Is A Religion

11/12/2013 - 19:00

There are many statements in Marion Usher’s opinion piece on the Pew survey that I agree with 
(“Religion Is Only One Way To Identify As A Jew,” Nov. 1). Her conclusions, though, appear to me to be totally at odds with the
facts, even as she presents them. Blaming “nuance” for the fact that
reality doesn’t meet her fantasy is nothing more than denial.

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