Editorial & Opinion

‘Misplaced Compassion’

08/20/2013 - 20:00

The opinion piece by Gerald Steinberg was the best, and made more sense than so many other articles I read (“Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha B’Av,” July 19). In fact, I sent it to many of my friends. 

Not Enough From Israel

08/20/2013 - 20:00

It is true that Israel has made a significant gesture in advance of the peace
talks, even if most of those prisoners to be released have served more than
20 years in jail already and are at their age unlikely to do any further
harm (“Israelis Need A Gesture, Too,” Editorial, Aug. 2).

People Of The Joke

08/20/2013 - 20:00

I believe that George Robinson’s overwrought review of “When Comedy Went To
School” undervalues the importance of historical context (“Comedy U.,” July 26).
The scholars as
well as the comedians explain the significance of the Catskills experience in
promoting acculturation. Still grappling with bicultural identities, Jewish
as well as American, we certainly appreciate the contribution of our Borscht
Belt with schmaltz and gribenes thrown in for good measure. This film clearly
reaffirms our heritage. We are, after all, the people of the joke as well as
the Book.

Two-State Solution: Flawed Thinking

08/20/2013 - 20:00

 Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Israel Should Act Now, Before It’s Too Late” (July 26) promotes the “two-state solution” as a good option for Israel. This is the flawed thinking that forces Israel to “negotiate” with the Arabs. Secretary of State John Kerry has “guaranteed” that Israel will retreat to the 1967 borders. What can that possibly mean? Does that “guarantee” mean that 350,000 Jews will be removed from their homes, by force if necessary, as happened to the Gush Katif [a settlement in Gaza] residents?

A Carlebach Legacy

08/20/2013 - 20:00

 Your article, “Carlebach’s Burning Desire To Heal” (Aug. 9) prompted this memory of Shlomo Carlebach’s uncle.

Chief Rabbis: What Next?

08/20/2013 - 20:00

Many of us who sought a more open voice in the religious affairs of Israel might feel disappointed in the wake of the chief rabbinate elections in Israel (“Pyrrhic Victory For Haredi Rabbis,” Editorial, Aug. 2).
Many of us who really want a more pluralistic society in Israel, vis a vis religious affairs, might even hope the newly elected chief rabbinate positions would implode, resulting in separation of church and state in Israel. Nevertheless, these newly elected positions now represent the status quo.

We Shall Overcome

08/20/2013 - 20:00

In this month of Elul, when we prepare for Rosh HaShanah, we are reminded that our highest destiny is to face life’s pains and prevail, over and over again. Stamina, not giftedness, is the most precious attribute of character. Resilience is the strain of spiritual DNA that distinguishes those who build lives of purpose and beauty.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Dialogue Goes Both Ways

Most Israelis do not grasp the diversity and depth of our community.
08/20/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Much attention, here and elsewhere, is given to encouraging American Jews to have a deeper understanding of contemporary Israel, in all its complexity, as a country that is seen by much of the world as Goliath while it perceives itself as David. 



Gary Rosenblatt

The Ethiopian Aliyah: Mission (Almost) Accomplished

08/20/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

On Aug. 28, Israel will welcome the last official group of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel, a low-key conclusion to a complicated, at times triumphant and at times tragic, aliyah process that is still playing itself out three decades after it began.

Potential Confrontation Gives Way To Dialogue

08/19/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There I was, one sunny Jerusalem afternoon, doing errands on Emek Refaim, in the German Colony of Jerusalem, about to hop on my bicycle with some money I had withdrawn from the bank to pay my children’s tutor, who was winding up the lesson. I saw an old friend of mine, walking with another friend of his. Both are rabbis who were attending one of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s summer seminars for rabbis. As Ed replied, “Hi Gil,” the friend asked, “Are you Gil Troy? I am Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu.”

Gil Troy
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