Editorial & Opinion

Shiva House Rules

Special To The Jewish Week

Some advice for people visiting shiva houses.

Mourning is very personal. Some will weep, others will be stoic. Do not measure the depth of love by the degree of evident emotion. There is no “right” way to grieve. You are there to comfort, not to judge.

On Haredi Service, Half A Great Idea

Editor And Publisher

A yeshiva rebbe in Bnei Brak, the largest haredi city in Israel, has come up with a great plan for making army duty more equitable in the Jewish state.

Well, make that half a great plan and half a potential disaster.

Rabbi Simcha Avraham Halevi says that for the sake of fairness, with the government pushing to end army exemptions for haredi young men who are full-time yeshiva students, all secular young Israelis should be required to study Torah.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Coalition Collapses


So much for Israel’s coalition government, which lasted all of two months.

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz announced Tuesday that he was taking his party and its 28 Knesset seats out of the government over the failure to reach a compromise on the proposed draft law that would have done away with many of the existing exemptions for haredim and Arab Israelis.

Milton Gralla, 1928-2012


Milton Gralla, a longtime former member of the board of directors of The Jewish Week who died last week at the age of 84, combined his love of journalism and the Jewish people to make a lasting contribution to both.

Civic Service In Israeli Life

Special To The Jewish Week

National service is in the news, given the finding by Israel’s Supreme Court that the Tal Law, which grants army exemption to ultra-Orthodox young men of draft age, is not constitutional.

As a new draft law is being hammered out, Israel is grappling with the fact that 400 Torah scholars who benefited from Ben-Gurion’s exemption in 1949 have become 58,000 today.

Nessa Rapoport

When War Includes Women And Children

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:04 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 30:2 - 36:13 
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28;
3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:09 p.m.    

Shlomo Riskin

Higher Ed., Poverty And The Orthodox

Special To The Jewish Week

The recent population survey conducted by the UJA-Federation of New York — “Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011” — contains some findings that have not been discussed extensively. One of these trends is the significant change in educational attainment since the last survey was compiled a decade ago.


Applying Jewish Values On A Mission To Liberia

Special To The Jewish Week

Who would want to go to Africa in June? The American Jewish World Service, that’s who, and the 30 people, myself included, who -- despite three connecting flights, the height of the rainy season, and temperatures in the 80s -- signed up for its Liberian study tour.

Wrong Causes


 In reading the problems the Conservative and Reform movements have with their college adherents (“College Dropouts,” Opinion, July 6), I wondered if maybe they would stop spending their efforts and money for groups like the New Israel Fund, trying to remake Israel in their own image, they would have enough funds for their collegians.

Reform Engagement Strategy


 In response to Sam Cohen’s op-ed, “College Dropouts” (July 6), we believe Cohen is absolutely right that engaging Jewish college students is imperative to the Jewish future. And through the Reform movement’s Campaign for Youth Engagement, we have put a stake in the ground when it comes to this very issue.

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