Editorial & Opinion

Moment Of Joy

10/01/2013 - 20:00

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “In The Big Inning” (Sept. 27): Ah! Would that the moment of joy and togetherness could continue and endure day after day.

(online comment)

Sporting Life

10/01/2013 - 20:00

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “In The Big Inning” (Sept. 27): It happened long before I set foot on this continent but, while reading this, I again realized the social soul of the sporting life.
Shalom, todah rabbah, from a Dutch soccer fan now living in Canada.

(online comment)

Appreciates Rabbi Wolpe

10/01/2013 - 20:00

Regarding Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, “The Road Taken” (Sept. 13): “What you are is God’s blessing given to you. What you make of yourself is your blessing given to God.”

I have never heard anything so comforting. Thank you for putting it that way. I get it now. This is one of the many reasons why Judaism is so wonderful.

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Losing Our Faith

10/01/2013 - 20:00

The results are in on American Jewish identity, and they tell us what we should have sensed by now: that particularly among the young, an increasing number are moving away from formal expressions of Judaism, marrying out, and not raising children as Jews.

Muddy Waters

10/01/2013 - 20:00

I love the music of Pink Floyd, as well as Roger Waters. Much to my dismay,
he has placed me in a dilemma, now
making it difficult for me to appreciate his talents.

He is asking musicians to boycott Israel, which makes no sense, even for someone with anti-Israel views. Yes, “anti-Israel” is the new “anti-Semitic.” Israel, one of the
only countries in the Middle East where Waters could play and be safe, he
kvetches about. Let us not forget that his band, Pink Floyd, couldn’t stand
him. The world’s top rock and roll band gave him the boot.

Responding To Intermarriage

10/01/2013 - 20:00

In response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Not Too Late To Push In-Marriage?” (Sept. 13), [and Rabbi Jack Wertheimer’s call for aggressively advocating for in-marriage]: Does anyone seriously believe that a serious, committed Jew loses his or her commitment to Judaism because he or she intermarries?

What is happening is the opposite of what people like Wertheimer are saying: people don’t intermarry and then lose their commitment to Judaism. They lose their commitment and then have no reason not to intermarry.

Musings

Feel Deeply, Act Kindly
10/01/2013 - 20:00

Everyone decries extremism but it is hard to turn out crowds for moderation. The satiric Czech novelist Jaroslav Hasek once started a political movement called “The Party of Moderate Progress Within the Bounds of the Law.” If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because it never quite picked up steam.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Biggest Campus Threat Is Jewish Disunity, Not BDS

09/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Reports on the status of Israel on campus from two major Jewish Israel advocacy organizations — The David Project and the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise — have documented the relatively marginal influence of anti-Israel groups and their efforts on campuses in the United States. They note that while BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) efforts may continue on some campuses, Israel is not under siege by these efforts on campuses in the United States. Both reports were met with a measure of skepticism, in part because so much communal concern has been invested in combating these marginal groups, and in part because no amount of statistical data can outweigh the impressions made by videos of demonstrations and by singular events that mold North American Jewish public opinion.

Larry Sternberg

New Hope For Gay Orthodox Jews

09/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The holidays are over. Through the fasting and food, the succession of pageant, discomfort, reconciliation and exultation, a single moment continues to stands out. Every year for more than 30 years I have found the Yom Kippur afternoon service Torah reading unnerving — and this year I did not.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg

Blind To The Rights Of The Disabled

Why guide dogs should be allowed at the Western Wall.
09/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sixty blind people with guide dogs recently toured the Old City of Jerusalem. Despite the eternal darkness they experience, they were flooded with light. Touching the stones of the Jewish Quarter brought tears to their sightless eyes. However, they could not approach the prayer site sanctified by a myriad of Jewish tears over the millennia, since Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who holds the title of rabbi of the Western Wall, has ruled that the Western Wall plaza is off limits to all types of animals — guide dogs included.

The author urges Western Wall plaza officials to uphold human rights doctrine as well as Jewish tradition.
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