Editorial & Opinion

A Theory On Chasidic Behavior

03/13/2012

As an Orthodox Jew and with many personal and professional connections to the chasidic community, the litany of scandalous stories emerging almost weekly upsets me much, and has led to analyzing why this is going on when most Torah education is opposed to criminality of any type.

I’d like to propose that the awful stories are all related, and to make them understandable by explaining the mindset that leads to them. This in no way is meant to condone or approve the actions, rather just promoting understanding of how the chasidic mind works.

Beren’s Kiddush Hashem

03/13/2012

Much ink has flown over the principled stand the Beren Academy basketball team took in choosing its priorities in the incipient conflict between playing basketball and shmirat Shabbat, or the observance of the Sabbath (“Houston’s Champions” Editorial, March 9).

Spirit Of Competition

03/13/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

‘The jealousy of scholars increases wisdom.” (Talmud Bava Bathra 21a.)

The Delicate Landscape Of Israel Education

03/13/2012
Editor And Publisher

A decade ago, the field of Israel education didn’t really exist in the United States.

A 2003 study found that when it came to teaching about Modern Israel in schools, camps, synagogues and youth groups, there was no conceptual framework, no standards of practice, no professional development, and educators felt unequipped to handle the material.

Gary Rosenblatt

Missing From Key Media Coverage

03/13/2012
Editorial

There is one central element missing in The New York Times’ steady drumbeat of coverage of late over whether and when Israel would initiate military action against Iran’s nuclear sites.

Israel’s Long Weekend

03/13/2012
Editorial

To hear some report it, the latest “cycle of violence,” featuring volleys of hundreds of rockets and airstrikes between Israel and Gaza began this past weekend when Israel killed Zuhair al-Qaissi and several other leaders of the Popular Resistance Committee, a terror group connected to Hamas.

Probing Communal Views On Patrilineal Descent

03/13/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Patrilineal descent is an issue that raises strong emotions in many Jewish circles. Some feel adamantly that patrilineal Jews who have been living and identifying as Jews their whole lives should be accepted as Jews by the entire Jewish community. Others feel strongly that the very term “patrilineal Jew” is a misnomer and that individuals are either Jewish according to Jewish law, halacha — that is, that they have a Jewish mother or they have converted — or they are not Jewish. 

Ora Horn Prouser

In Debating Bris Controversy, Know The Medical Facts

03/13/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The debate about ritual circumcision with metzitzah b’peh (direct mouth-to-wound oral suctioning by the mohel) is complex, as it involves halachic, historical, social, medical, technical and potential regulatory components.

Gary A. Gelbfish

God’s Way Of Communicating

03/13/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:46 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1- 40:38; Numbers 19:1-22
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 7:46 p.m.    
                 

“Bezalel made the ark… He made two cherubs of gold ... at the two ends of the cover. … The cherubs had their wings spreading out upwards … with their faces turned towards each other…” [Exodus 37:1-9]

Shlomo Riskin

Russell Simmons’ Blind Spot For Bigotry

03/13/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

In the battle against racism and anti-Semitism in America, there have always been well-meaning people who, while willing to stand up against hatred and prejudice when they see it directed against others, nonetheless seem to have a blind spot when hatred emanates from within their own community.

Abraham H. Foxman
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