Editorial & Opinion

Two Lofty Principles

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When the Torah reading is completed in most synagogues, the scroll is held aloft and the congregation chants, “This is the Torah that Moses placed before the children of Israel” (Deuteronomy 4:44). Ashkenazim add “at the Lord’s bidding through Moses” (Numbers 9:23). In Sephardic synagogues, the scroll is generally raised before, not after, the reading.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Bronfman: A Modern Talmudic Jew

12/23/2013 - 19:00

A legend in many realms, Edgar M. Bronfman lived a rich and varied life, embodying many facets in his work and personality.

Yet while Jews the world over marked the loss of a leader to whom they owe much, for our community, the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, it is a personal loss. We “Bronfmanim”—as we call ourselves-- have lost our founder and our inspiration, but truly, we have lost the person who invited us to live Talmudically in the modern world.

Open Hillel: Right Spirit, Wrong Partners

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In 2007, NYU’s Imam Khalid Latif and I co-led a service trip to Louisiana for 30 campus student leaders, 15 Jewish and 15 Muslim. It was one of the first such missions in the U.S. Our theory in bringing people together whose views ranged from pro-Hezbollah to pro-settlement was that the best place to begin building  a relationship is one of shared values, community service and understanding of each other’s religion.

Yehuda Sarna

It’s Time For Us To Say 'Thank You'

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We are a community that seems to go from crisis to crisis, and a part of our communal psyche seems to almost relish it. Whether it’s the Pew Report, or our fears about Iran, or an anti-Semitic attack, it gets our Jewish juices flowing. Last week, it was the appalling news that the American Studies Association had voted to boycott Israeli universities. We screamed. We wrote impassioned op-ed pieces. Like leftover latkes, we sizzled in the oil of our collective disappointment at the brazen cooperation of a piece of America’s intellectual elite in the willful academic ghettoization of the Jewish state.

Expressions Of Redemption

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:17 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 6: 2 ­ 9: 35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:23
Havdalah: 5:21 p.m.

“I shall remove you from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will save you. ... and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments. And I will take you to Me as a people and I will be a God to you. … And I shall bring you to the land which I swore to give … to you as a heritage.” [Exodus 6:6­8].

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Opinion: The Prenup Can Help Everyone

But the document poses a collective action problem: everyone has to sign on.

12/14/2013 - 19:00

My husband and I agreed when we were dating that if we were ever to get married, we would frame our ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, and hang it prominently on the wall, with a plaque affixed to the glass that read “In Case of Emergency Break Glass.”

The halachic prenup aims to pre-empt the problem of "chained" women whose husbands won't grant religious divorces. Fotolia

Jeremy Ben-Ami: Surely We Can Talk

12/17/2013 - 19:00

It’s a sad day when three opinion leaders of the American Jewish community cannot hold a civilized debate on “what it means to be pro-Israel” without one of them storming off the podium. Yet that’s what happened when I sat down with David Harris of the American Jewish Committee and John Podhoretz, who edits Commentary magazine, this week at the 92nd St Y.

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Great Reminder

12/17/2013 - 19:00

As a former destination wedding bride [and Jewish woman] who now designs jewelry specifically for destination wedding brides, “Destination Weddings, With a Jewish Twist” (Dec. 13) was such a great reminder for brides.

Chelsea Bond

A Vibrant Mt. Sinai Jewish Center

12/17/2013 - 19:00

In your N.Y. Minute Q&A, “Vows To Serve The Young In Young
Israel” (Nov. 29), my synagogue, Mt. Sinai Jewish Center of Washington Heights, is
referred to. I am cited by Rabbi Perry Tirschwell as having said that “no one is providing services”
for the 500 singles who join us for Friday night davening. This statement is
factually incorrect. As anyone who has entered our shul can attest, we
provide a whole array of dynamic social and spiritual services aimed
primarily at singles and young marrieds.

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