Editorial & Opinion

Dealing With Assad

09/16/2013 - 20:00

President Barack Obama seems to have a very limited understanding of foreign policy and national defense, and this is becoming more apparent as time goes by. His encouragement to Egypt to have the Muslim Brotherhood included in government was like asking Germany to include the Nazi Party in the next German election. The Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of hatred and violence. Now, he seems to want our air force to attack Syria militarily.

Obama’s Failure

09/16/2013 - 20:00

Regarding the editorial of Aug. 30, “Crossing ‘Red Lines,’” there is no doubt that every civilized human being would want an end to the carnage in Syria. However, two points emerge: how does one ensure that the chemical weapons sites are not hidden behind civilian enclaves? And there is no doubt that the United States will be aiding and abetting the advance of the Muslim Brotherhood.
What we are viewing today is a manifestation of the ongoing failure of President Barack Obama’s Mideast foreign policy

Ashkelon, Israel


Selling Our Children Short

09/16/2013 - 20:00

I have been reading your articles about the new synagogues starting in mid-Long Island (“The Long Island Synagogue Wars, Aug. 25, Sept. 6, Sept. 13). As the rabbi of The Chai Center in Dix Hills I have some
thoughts of my own to share.

FJC’s Powerful Impact

09/16/2013 - 20:00

The Foundation for Jewish Culture was a funder of my documentary, “Trembling Before G-d,” convened a work-in-progress in Los Angeles before my Sundance World Premiere, was a tireless promoter of the work globally, and was the fiscal sponsor for my new film-in-progress on 21st-century spiritual innovator, Amichai Lau-Lavie (“Foundation For Jewish Culture To Close Next Year,” Sept. 13).

High Holy Day Highs

09/16/2013 - 20:00

At Kol Nidre services last week at Central Synagogue, the historic Reform congregation in Manhattan, Peter Rubinstein offered his last High Holy Day sermon as senior rabbi after 23 years in that post. He billed his talk “A Love Letter,” and in an emotional 30-minute address, he explained that it was being delivered “from me to each and all of you … and it’s about the legacy we have created together and that is now yours to carry on.”

One-State Delusion

09/16/2013 - 20:00

The New York Times Sunday Review prominently featured a lengthy opinion essay this week, “Two-State Illusion,” asserting that the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead, and calling for Israel to abandon its core Zionist principles so as to free up Arabs and Jews to live together in newly realized harmony.

What Our Eyes Can’t See

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Why do we cover our eyes during the Shema? Our tradition teaches that it is to avoid distraction and focus at this central time in prayer. Moreover, the Shema is a prayer about listening, and we can listen more intently when not looking; the limitation of one sense often makes others keener.  

Rabbi David Wolpe

How Israel’s Voice Became His Own

Yossi Klein Halevi tells the story of the war heroes who reunited Jerusalem and divided the nation.
09/16/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

With “Like Dreamers,” due out Oct. 1, Yossi Klein Halevi, an American-born writer and journalist living in Jerusalem, has written a powerful and haunting book about the soul of modern Israel, focusing on the lives of seven Israelis, members of the famed 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade. These men helped reunite Jerusalem in the 1967 war and went on to become exemplars of the social, religious, political and cultural impulses that divided the country, from Peace Now to Gush Emunim, from Torah scholars to kibbutz leaders to a revered musician, Israel’s Bob Dylan.

Gary Rosenblatt

Sukkot And The Great Unification

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 6:40 p.m. (Wed.);
7:39 p.m. (Thu.); 6:36 p.m. (Fri.)
Torah readings: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:17-25
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah. 7:35 p.m.

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

Baseball, American Jews And Repentance

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As its rich literature attests, baseball is the quintessential American experience, with particular meaning for immigrants and minority populations.  For immigrants, baseball opens a door to American culture and language.  For minority populations, baseball can offer both a respite from the challenges of assimilation and a possible pathway to acceptance and even success.  All of this is particularly true for American Jews, an immigrant, minority group for which baseball has held almost mystical meaning as a ticket into the American mainstream. 

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