Editorial & Opinion

Deal With Intermarriage

12/10/2013 - 19:00

Much as I appreciate Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s observations, and his persona — which my wife and I have observed with admiration at JTS High Holy Day services ever since he came to New York — I am disappointed that he skirts the subject of intermarriage (“Let’s Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Opinion, Nov. 29).

Wake Up To Reality

12/10/2013 - 19:00

Thank you to Gary Rosenblatt for continuing to grapple with the challenge of Jewish engagement, in this case how it affects Jewish giving (“Will Jewish Foundations Go Universal?” Dec. 6).

Emotional Issue

12/10/2013 - 19:00

Gitit Paz brings up an area that has been an extremely emotional issue for me (“The Fate Of A Mamzer,” Nov. 22).

I cannot believe that the Jewish people can reject someone due to the accident of birth, or even the adult responsible for this birth.

Fairness For Jewish Refugees

12/10/2013 - 19:00

Ronald Lauder should be applauded for delineating the plight of the Jews from Arab countries (“Redress Plights of Jewish And Palestinian Refugees,” Opinion, Nov. 29). I wish that the World Jewish Congress would become the ombudsman of this very important issue, especially now, while peace talks are undergoing between Israel and the Palestinians. To make peace, the Palestinian leadership does not dare to sign an agreement with Israel without an appropriate solution for their refugees.

The Mandela Legacy

12/10/2013 - 19:00

In the nearly three decades that Nelson Mandela was a prisoner of South Africa’s apartheid regime, his reputation was clear — depending on which side of the nation’s black-white divide one stood.

Let Your Reach Exceed Your Grasp

12/10/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The law of life is limitation. Our world is infinitely rich but our lives are not endless, so we have to decide what to cherish, what to discard, what to bypass, what to hold close. You can devote your life to a person, a cause, a craft, a quest, an institution, a dream, but you cannot do all at once. As Job says, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle” (Job 7:6).

One way to judge priorities is to fast-forward: at the end of life, what would you be proud to have done? Writing a premature eulogy that turns into a life agenda is a useful exercise.

Rabbi David Wolpe

New Agunah Court Announced

Bet din with backing of key haredi jurist now in formation with goal of freeing ‘chained’ wives.

12/10/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot, or "chained wives," an international religious court is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

Gary Rosenblatt

Mandela, Apartheid And The Jews

12/09/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Nelson Mandela’s death evoked a worldwide outpouring of respect and love. Jewish leaders, from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (to South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein to President Obama, praised his greatness. Netanyahu called him “a freedom fighter who rejected any violence” and “a moral leader of the highest order.”

Irving “Yitz” Greenberg

For A Jewish Comic, The Performance Is The Easy Part

12/09/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s inevitable as sunset, or nausea on Yom Kippur afternoon. After every show, someone — usually a man in his 70s — will approach me at my table near the exit. While other people buy books, the man will stand at the back of the line, waving people ahead of him, until it’s just him. And me.

Joel Chasnoff

The Father That Never Died

12/09/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 47:28-50:26
Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz
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