Editorial & Opinion

The Shofar Reminds Us To Listen For Unheard Cries

08/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There are no tears like a mother's tears.

At the opening of the Book of Samuel, in a story we retell each Rosh Hashanah, we are introduced to Hannah, a woman distressed for the child she yearns to raise, but cannot conceive. The Book of Genesis recounts yet another story we read on Rosh Hashanah, the story of Hagar, a mother who, unable to stay with her son and watch him wither away to death from lack of water, can do nothing more than walk away from him and weep.

Rori PIcker Neiss

Irony In Shechita Controversy

08/26/2013 - 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).

Haredi Draft Solution

08/26/2013 - 20:00

As we all know, the issue of draft deferments for yeshiva students is roiling
Israel and has the potential of further dividing the country.

Christie’s Ban On ‘Reparative Therapy’

08/26/2013 - 20:00

I pity the poor women who end up married to those who submit themselves
to the process of an unproven and subsequently harmful process of “conversion
therapy” [on young gay men] (“Abuse Or Religious Freedom?” Aug. 23).
Equally appalling is the backing by Agudath Israel of a “therapy” program
that includes the use of pornographic materials. I applaud Gov. Chris Christie
even though he is a Republican, albeit a compassionate one.


Peace Talks Are Futile

08/26/2013 - 20:00

If one takes Gary Rosenblatt’s view (Editor’s column, July 26) that the “Palestinian problem is not going away” and “if two-state solution fails, no good options remain”, then Israel should just capitulate now. There is no need for nine months or nine hours of negotiation. Israel should just agree to all the Palestinian demands now.

‘Misplaced Compassion’

08/26/2013 - 20:00

The opinion piece by Gerald Steinberg was the best, and made more sense than so many other articles I read (“Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha B’Av,” July 19). In fact, I sent it to many of my friends. 

Questions For The Editor

08/26/2013 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt says “Israel Should Act Now, Before It’s Too Late” (Editor’s column, July 26). He also says that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas doesn’t want to go down in history as the leader who caved on the refugee issue, giving up the sacred Palestinian pledge to return to the land.

Questions For Julius Berman

08/26/2013 - 20:00

As the elected president of the National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors (NAHOS), I am responding to Claims Conference president Julius Berman’s opinion piece, “Sin Of Commission At The Jewish Week” (Aug. 16).

Carlebach’s Contribution

08/26/2013 - 20:00

To one who davened, learned and sang with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for two decades, Ted Merwin’s story inspired by the musical “Soul Doctor” — which he inexcusably adulterated with a tangential discussion of ugly accusations about Rabbi Carlebach made by a handful of women years after his death — was bizarrely out of focus when it was not simply bizarre (“Carlebach’s Burning Desire To Heal,” Aug. 9).

New Songs For A New Year

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When asked how he could slight astrology when the Talmud endorses it, Maimonides responded, “Because human beings are created with their eyes in front, not in back.” 

Rabbi David Wolpe
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