Editorial & Opinion

The Road Taken

09/10/2013 - 20:00

"What should I do with my life?” The question pursues us to the very end of our days. The question of fulfilling our destiny in this world is a constant challenge and provocation.

Rabbi David Wolpe

While Iran Is Watching

09/10/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Officials in Jerusalem are not pleased or comfortable at being thrust into the center of an American political controversy over a possible U.S. military strike against Syria. There’s no doubt that Israel favors a strong response from Washington to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s evil use of chemical warfare against his own civilian population. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government would prefer to stay out of the limelight, insisting, correctly, that this issue is not about Israel, which fortunately can defend itself against Damascus. It’s about the perception of America in the international community, and particularly in the eyes of Iran’s leaders, who are watching carefully to see if the world’s only superpower is willing to make good on its word to prevent “red lines” of non-conventional warfare from being crossed.

‘Never Again’ Must Become More Than Just A Slogan

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

‘Seinfeld” aficionados will remember how the series ended, with the four main characters being convicted under a highly unusual statute for not intervening to prevent a carjacking. Normally, in U.S. law, there is no affirmative requirement to help anyone in distress. Good Samaritan laws were passed to shield those who take action voluntarily from potential liability claims based on those actions. 

Martin Raffel

God’s Gatekeepers: Signs Of Progress Regarding Israel’s Rabbinate

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

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

Elli Fischer

Jonah: Growing A Wild Compassion

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

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:52 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 16:1-34; 18:1-30;
Numbers 29:7-11
Haftarah: Isaiah 57:14-58:14;
Book of Jonah; Micah 7:18-20
Yom Kippur ends: 7:49 p.m.

Shelly R. Fredman

The World’s New Year

09/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We read the paper and learn of deprivation we will never see with our own eyes. It is hard enough to help a neighbor; how can we imagine helping people in other lands, who speak a different language and live in a foreign culture?

Rabbi David Wolpe

Misguided Effort

09/03/2013 - 20:00

Why is Martin Raffel, senior vice president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, meeting with Palestinian Americans and mapping out strategies for Israel’s negotiations, which, after all, are the province of Israel’s democratically elected leaders (“For the Israeli-Palestinian Talks to be Successful,” Opinion, Aug. 9)?

Another Example of Faith Sharing

09/03/2013 - 20:00

I read with great interest the article, “Coexistence On The Prairie” (Aug. 16, In The Beginning).

The prayer space in Omaha was a beautiful example of “sharing” among the three faiths, Jews, Christians and Muslims.  Readers of The Jewish Week need to be reminded that just such an example of cooperation and coexistence has existed in New York for more than 50 years at JFK Airport.

Irony In Shechita Controversy

09/03/2013 - 20:00

Konstanty Gebert’s overview of the shechita, or kosher slaughter, controversy in Poland was both timely and instructive (“Shechita Controversy In Poland Has Wider Implications,” Opinion, Aug. 23).

Synagogue Benefits

09/03/2013 - 20:00

It was wonderful to see an essay concerning Jewish atheists (“Why Go to Synagogue If You Don’t Believe In God?” Aug. 30). This is a topic that should be discussed more often. However, as a Jewish atheist, I found Rabbi Levitt’s analysis missing the mark in several areas.

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