Editorial & Opinion

How Israel’s Voice Became His Own

Yossi Klein Halevi tells the story of the war heroes who reunited Jerusalem and divided the nation.
09/16/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

With “Like Dreamers,” due out Oct. 1, Yossi Klein Halevi, an American-born writer and journalist living in Jerusalem, has written a powerful and haunting book about the soul of modern Israel, focusing on the lives of seven Israelis, members of the famed 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade. These men helped reunite Jerusalem in the 1967 war and went on to become exemplars of the social, religious, political and cultural impulses that divided the country, from Peace Now to Gush Emunim, from Torah scholars to kibbutz leaders to a revered musician, Israel’s Bob Dylan.

Gary Rosenblatt

Sukkot And The Great Unification

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 6:40 p.m. (Wed.);
7:39 p.m. (Thu.); 6:36 p.m. (Fri.)
Torah readings: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:17-25
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah. 7:35 p.m.

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

Baseball, American Jews And Repentance

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As its rich literature attests, baseball is the quintessential American experience, with particular meaning for immigrants and minority populations.  For immigrants, baseball opens a door to American culture and language.  For minority populations, baseball can offer both a respite from the challenges of assimilation and a possible pathway to acceptance and even success.  All of this is particularly true for American Jews, an immigrant, minority group for which baseball has held almost mystical meaning as a ticket into the American mainstream. 

President Obama And The Anxiety Of Ambivalence

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Which is worse for Israel’s security and for the volatile Middle East: a tyrannical Syrian regime in an unsteady alliance with a nuclear Iran, or an anarchic Syria, run by “the rebels,” becoming a petri dish for al-Qaeda, situated along 375 miles of borderland with Iraq?

Yehuda Kurtzer

The Fundamental Flaw In Jewish Education

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Another Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur have come and gone and you pat yourself on the back for having made it through the long synagogue spell, dutifully reading the prayers just how you’d been taught in Hebrew school as a youngster. But now you wonder if knowing how to read the Hebrew words is the sum of your identity as a Jew. What about what those words represent, what about your emotional connection to them as a Jew in the 21st century?  

Simon Klarfeld

Marrying Religion And State

The wall between the two is high in Israel, but Western values can suffer because of it.
09/16/2013 - 20:00

The Dialogue: Judaism & Democracy is a biweekly column by researchers from the Israel Democracy Institute’s Human Rights & Judaism project on the dialogue between the Jewish and democratic traditions.

When speaking with American Jews, I often hear of their desire to apply the American model of religion and state — total separation — to religious life in Israel. Many American Jews — including the Orthodox — view the Israeli paradigm in blatant opposition to the notion of individual rights and the very concept of Israel as a Western state.

The author argues for a separation between religion and the private sphere. Photo courtesy IDI

Sukkot Reminds Us To Protect The Vulnerable

09/12/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sukkot is the time of the year during which we modern-day Jews leave the safety and comfort of our “real homes,” and instead sleep and eat in the temporary structures we call sukkot. Despite their impermanent nature, we do everything we can to make them feel sacred, like a real home. We decorate them, we furnish them, and most importantly we invite many guests to sit and eat with us under the stars.

Dealing With Assad

09/10/2013 - 20:00

President Barack Obama seems to have a very limited understanding of foreign policy and national defense, and this is becoming more apparent as time goes by. His encouragement to Egypt to have the Muslim Brotherhood included in government was like asking Germany to include the Nazi Party in the next German election. The Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of hatred and violence. Now, he seems to want our air force to attack Syria militarily.

Obama’s Failure

09/10/2013 - 20:00


Regarding the editorial of Aug. 30, “Crossing ‘Red Lines,’” there is no doubt that every civilized human being would want an end to the carnage in Syria. However, two points emerge: how does one ensure that the chemical weapons sites are not hidden behind civilian enclaves? And there is no doubt that the United States will be aiding and abetting the advance of the Muslim Brotherhood.

What we are viewing today is a manifestation of the ongoing failure of Obama’s Mideast foreign policy.

Ashkelon, Israel

Shockingly Cavalier

09/10/2013 - 20:00

Letter writer Irwin Wall (Letters, Aug. 23) is shockingly cavalier about what he deems Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s paucity of concessions to get the “peace process” underway. 

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