Editorial & Opinion

Kissinger And Human Rights: Why Is Israel Honoring Him?

Special To The Jewish Week

Human rights “are the birthright of all people,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in a speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011. “It does not matter what country we live in, who our leaders are, or even who we are. Because we are human, we therefore have rights. And because we have rights, governments are bound to protect them.”

Two Ideas For The Parade


I really enjoyed Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Raining On The Parade” (June 8), in particular because it avoided bashing the people who work so hard every year on the parade, essentially a thankless job given the parameters within which they work.

Here are two ideas to help take the parade to the next level.

Russian Support


 Thank you to Gary Rosenblatt for his column, “Raining On The Parade” (June 8) about the Celebrate Israel parade. 

A Cause, And A Lesson


Gary Rosenblatt, in his usual, reflective and self-critical style, (“Raining on the Parade”, June 8) questioned the continued value of the Celebrate Israel parade and the $1 million spent by the community to make it possible. As I march up Fifth Avenue year after year with my Ramaz students, my tired, aching and aging feet give me ample reason to agree with him. But I don’t. Here are the reasons:

Proud To Be ‘On The Edge’


In his column, “Raining On The Parade” (June 15), Gary Rosenblatt expressed his frustration and disappointment at “the missing majority of New York Jews” from the June 3 Celebrate Israel Parade. However, Rosenblatt also managed to malign a group of Jewish attendees who are arguably among the Jewish state’s strongest supporters. He wrote: “A few individuals on the edges of the communal spectrum brought shame to their cause, seeking to disallow the participation of groups they are opposed to ideologically.”

Contradictory Policies


“See You At The Parade” (Editorial, June 1) compliments the organizers for “fending off critics from the right and left who weigh in on who they feel should and should not be marching.” Not exactly.

The real issue is not “different points of view,” but contradictory community policies as to how to deal with Jews who practice and/or support Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. (BDS).

The Grasshoppers Come To Zero

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:11 p.m.
Torah: Num. 13:1-15:41
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:20 p.m.     

c begins with the saga of the spies’ report about the land of Israel. On the eve of the Jewish people’s preparation to enter Eretz Yisrael, 12 spies, each representing a tribe, were sent to survey the land. Upon their return, ten of the twelve deliver very negative news: It will be impossible for the Jewish people to overcome and conquer the land from the nations living there.

Adena Berkowitz

Poland And The Death Camps: Setting The Record Straight

Special To The Jewish Week

It should be simple to make the proper distinction: Poland has a long and not distinguished history of anti-Semitism, including before, during, and after World War II. But it was not responsible for the death camps and the Holocaust.

Abraham H. Foxman

The Problem of Frum Hedonism

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Is there anything that we will not put a heksher on? Has pleasure become the guiding religious principle? Many pockets of the American Orthodox community have become so consumed with Jewish law that values have been dismissed.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.
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