Editorial & Opinion

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.

Social Gap Not So Simple

11/12/2013 - 19:00

Regarding “Jewish-Arab Social Gap Threatens Start-Up Nation” (Nov. 1): interesting subject; terrible reporting. Among the article’s various oversights: Not all Israeli Jews are alike; the haredim are as under-employed as the Arabs.

Jewish-Muslim Bonds Deepening

11/12/2013 - 19:00

An interfaith initiative that bordered on the quixotic when it began five years ago — pairing synagogues and mosques for weekend-long programs that feature theological dialogue and cultural exchanges — has already grown into a symbol of how it is possible to cross religious barriers.

At GA In Jerusalem, A Push For Pluralism

Annual federation assembly culminates in march to the Kotel.
11/12/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Jerusalem — Two marches here, 10 years apart, speak to the evolving nature of the diaspora-Israel relationship.

In 2003, during the height of the second intifada, thousands came to Israel’s capital for the annual General Assembly (GA) of the North American federation movement and showed their solidarity with the Jewish state by marching through the streets of Jerusalem.

Gary Rosenblatt

Pew Has The Score: Red Sox Pitcher Is No Koufax

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

I am anything but objective when it comes to Red Sox baseball. A long-suffering fan since the days of Ted Williams, I rejoiced in the 2004 miracle comeback, the 2007 Series sweep, and, now, the thrilling 2013 turnaround.

Steven Bayme

Needed: Conversations On Choosing Life

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

Truly caring for a person at the end of life requires conversations — about love and legacy, about bestowing and receiving blessings, about choosing life versus fighting death.

Rabbi Irwin Kula
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