Editorial & Opinion

Credit Yeshivat Noam

05/15/2012

With regard to Laura Berkowitz’s letter (“Protecting Kids,” May 11) about Yeshivat Noam’s response to the arrest of a teacher, two things appear clear.

First, Berkowitz was unaware of how Yeshivat Noam acted. Second, if she had been aware, she would be commending the school.

Protect The Children

05/15/2012

Hella Winston’s article about the arrest of a New Jersey day school teacher (“After Arrest Of Teacher, Questions About Vetting,” May 11) argued that schools should conduct criminal background checks on all prospective employees. I agree. 

On Attacking Iran

05/15/2012

I would like to clarify some of the quotations attributed to me in “Reversing Course, Journalist Says Israel Attack Unlikely This Year,” (May 11) as they do not fully represent my opinion and have the potential to create a very wrong impression of the reality.

My view has not changed from that which was expressed in the article I wrote for the New York Times Magazine. What has changed is the situation and thus the likelihood of a strike has somewhat diminished.

The Real ‘Catastrophe’ Of The Nakba

05/15/2012
Editorial

Palestinians marked Tuesday as the day commemorating the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” by protesting in Israel, some throwing stones and Molotov cocktails in what has become an annual ritual of anger, frustration and violence. The real catastrophe is that the Palestinians continue to mourn the past and forfeit the future by refusing to acknowledge the present — the reality of the State of Israel and its right to exist.

Sins Of Omission At The Times

05/15/2012
Editorial

It was deeply frustrating, though not surprising, to see The New York Times, in its high-profile coverage this past week of abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community, neglect to credit The Jewish Week — or The Forward — for taking the lead in reporting on these issues for years.

Innovation And Tradition: Finding The Middle Ground

05/15/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

An unfortunate local controversy involving the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the former leadership of the Newberger Hillel at the University of Chicago has attracted widespread attention. Some of the commentary has cast the issue as setting a stodgy, anachronistic establishment up against creative, exciting innovation (“Are We Overly Invested In Bricks And Mortar?” Editor’s column, May 4).

Michael C. Kotzin

The Unity Of God, Torah And Israel

05/15/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:51 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 25:1–27:34
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
Havdalah: 8:58 p.m.                                                    

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

End The Duplication On High School Israel Programs

05/15/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

In January, I read an article that has been bothering me until now. 

In his Jan. 3 column, “Why Funders Need to Embrace Failure,” Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of The Jewish Week, described a project called The Israel Experience, which was launched in 1992 to bring tens of thousands of Jewish teens to Israel for eight-week summer programs, as “an acknowledged failure.”

Stephen Muss

Engaging Millennial Jews: An Opportunity We Must Seize

05/15/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

An annual ritual begins snow and runs through mid-June: approximately 100,000 Jewish students will be donning mortar boards and gowns and accepting diplomas on more than 500 colleges and universities across our continent.

Wayne L. Firestone

The Role of Jewish Priests: A Matter of Life and Death

05/15/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Jewish priests (Kohannim) are prohibited from attending funerals or encountering the dead (unless it is a close relative). How can the leaders of society neglect one of the most important aspects of community service? Here we learn a value of humility, empowerment, life, and transparency.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.
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