Editorial & Opinion

Stalling Tactics


The leaders of Iran and Syria have learned the dirty little secret of dealing with an international community making demands  them.

In the case of Iran, the U.S. and other countries are about to launch another round of negotiations with Tehran in an effort to prevent the Islamic revolution leaders from developing a nuclear weapon that threatens the region and the free world.

The Limits Of Certainty

Special To The Jewish Week

We are surrounded by certainty. After a lifetime of finding out how wrong I can be about things I used to be sure of — including myself — I am amazed by the tub-thumping certainty of people around me. From politicians to pundits to preachers to — well, everyone — people seem incapable of entertaining the possibility they may be wrong. No wonder the Talmud tells us, “Teach your tongue to say ‘I don’t know.’”

New Approaches To Strengthening Old Ties

Editor And Publisher

Israelis who leave their native country to settle in the diaspora have long been known as yordim, those who go down. It is a disparaging term, and one in contrast to those diaspora Jews who make aliyah, or ascend, to live in Israel.

The two concepts – going up to or down from Israel -- are anchored in a moral equation that harks back to classical Zionism, which negated the diaspora and insisted that Jewish survival depends on the imperative of aliyah.

Gary Rosenblatt

Why Dissent Is Essential

Special To The Jewish Week

One of the greatest accomplishments of the Zionist movement was its ability to tolerate and even encourage differing and often mutually challenging perspectives and ideologies. It is ironic, bordering on tragic, that the fulfillment of the Zionist dream has resulted in an increasingly narrow sphere of discourse and acceptable ideation.

We are becoming more insular, accepting only a small range of views and calling others by exclusionary and outright insulting names.

Peter Geffen

Manolos And The Jews

Special To The Jewish Week

Every Passover in my youth I had something new to wear. My mother shopped exclusively at S. Klein on the Square on 14th Street in Manhattan and Ohrbachs on 34th Street, both noted for discount clothing. Money was often in short supply, but that didn’t stop her from buying me (rarely herself) a new dress or shoes for holidays and other occasions. I adored the clothes, and still have mental images of my favorites. I remember the light blue woolen dress with scalloped button holes that I wore one Passover even though we had freaky hot weather and I suffered in my woolen clothes.

Francine Klagsbrun

Pesach’s Rigorous Detail Leads To Dreamlike Love

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Pesach & Shabbat candles: 7:14 p.m. (Thu.);
7:15 p.m. (Fri.)
Torah: Exodus 13:17-15:26 (Fri.);
Deut. 14:22-16:17 (Sat.); Num. 28:19-25 (both)
Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1-51 (Fri.);
Isaiah 10:32-12:6 (Sat) & Song of Songs
Havdalah: 8:17 p.m.  

Rabbi Abraham Unger

Stony Brook Active Jewishly


In Stewart Ain’s thorough article, “Revised Stony Brook Calendar Draws Ire” (March 16), the impression is left that indeed only 5 percent of the students are Jewish, a figure we at Hillel dispute. 

In our experience, Jewish students under-report on these surveys, and based on our own Hillel registration we estimate the Jewish population at closer to 12 percent. Regardless of the numbers, parents and potential students should know that Jewish life at Stony Brook is active and vibrant. Hundreds of students are engaged in all facets of Jewish life.

Geller Fuels Bigotry


Pamela Geller attempts to change the subject when it comes to her own vitriolic rhetoric against Muslims (Letters, March 23). But let’s be clear: Geller should not be allowed to get away with playing the victim and hiding behind the mask of a “patriot and proud Zionist.”

On Beinart And Criticism


Whatever your opinion of the Peter Beinart op-ed in The New York Times (March 16), I believe the strident outcry of many members of the Jewish community, including some leaders of Jewish organizations, says more about the state of mind of our people than about the content of Beinart’s article. It was, after all, one man’s opinion.

Too Kind To Beinart


I think Gary Rosenblatt was much too kind to Peter Beinart regarding his new book (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23).

I have not read the new book and I have no intention of doing so because it seems to be only a variant of Beinart’s execrable New York Times op-ed of March 18 and his earlier essay published in the New York Review of Books in 2010.

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