Editorial & Opinion

Johannesburg, Jackson, Boston… And Jerusalem?

10/11/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

During a visit to South Africa last summer, I stopped at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, hoping to better understand how so despicable a system could dominate that country for nearly half a century, from 1948-1991, and why any comparisons to Israel are ridiculous. I came away humbled, wondering whether there might just be a little residue of apartheid in us all.

Joshua Hammerman

The Right People Are In The Room!

A lesson about education & leadership.

10/10/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

There were times, when I was one of three students that would stay awake late enough to hear Rabbi Shlomo Riskin when he would stop by our beit midrash at Yeshivat Hamivtar to give a late night class. What I was so profoundly moved by was the fact that Rav Riskin would speak to the three of us as if there were 200 people present. He offered his normal passionate and engaging class since we were the right people in the room.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Sukkot In The City: Straddling Two Worlds

10/06/2011

Strolling through the Orthodox neighborhoods of Williamsburg on the last day of Sukkot, I passed row upon row of three-sided huts built against storefronts, brownstone doors, balconies, and sidewalks.

Gila Lyons

The Purpose Of Creation

10/06/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I found myself consumed in the liturgy by the phrase “HaYom harat olam” (today the world is created) and with questions about the purpose of creation and of my personal existence. As we reflect on the direction of our lives between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we might ask ourselves why humans, generally as well as individually, were created.

Rabbi Smuly Yanklowitz

A Rabbi Reflects On Steve Jobs

10/06/2011

News of the death of Apple’s founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, spread across the Internet just as quickly as reviews of the brand new iPhone 4S. The man, who President Barack Obama called “among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it,” was loved by the world. I found myself saddened upon learning of his passing. It’s not just because of my addiction to my MacBook, iPhone and iPad – some of the revolutionary technology he designed in recent years.

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel

The Conversation: What Is Judaism And Does It Really Matter?

10/05/2011

I was fortunate to be invited as one of 50 participants in a two-day retreat last month called “The Conversation.” Sponsored by The Jewish Week, the program is an annual opportunity for a diverse group of Jews from across the country to come together to dialogue about Jewish issues in a comfortable and casual environment.  There is no agenda other than to stimulate communication and create bonds between segments of the Jewish community that are not always in contact or in concert.

Marc Erlbaum

The Lesson Of A Hardboiled Egg

Yom Kippur brings backs memories of a loss, and of one’s shortcomings.

10/05/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who creates numerous living things with their deficiencies.

 -— Borei Nefashot, the blessing after food and drink

 “I can’t really pray,” an old friend wrote this week in an e-mail. “My efforts to forgive and ask forgiveness, such as they are, have been less than heartfelt. This has not been a successful Elul.”

The Gates Are Closing

10/04/2011
Editor And Publisher

The quintessential Jewish joke takes place on the eve of Yom Kippur. The elderly rabbi arrives first at the small synagogue early in the morning, long before services, walks to dark corner of the sanctuary and begins to plead quietly with his Maker.

“Oh Lord, have pity on me, I am like the dust of the earth, a speck in the universe…”

Gary Rosenblatt

The Limits Of Free Speech

10/04/2011
Editorial

The college campus, in its ideal, is revered as a place where the free exchange of ideas is not only exalted but protected. In recent decades that ideal has been sorely tested, perhaps no more so than in the realm of discussions about Israel, both inside and outside the classroom.

Discussions? If only it were that. Disruptions are increasingly likely when pro-Palestinian activists seek to silence speakers who are supportive of Israel.

Why Israel Is ‘Isolated’

10/04/2011
Editorial

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was quite right to observe this week that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Mideast. What’s unnerving, though, is to suggest, as he did, that Jerusalem is at fault for this situation.

“Real security can only be achieved by both a strong diplomatic effort as well as a strong effort to project your military strength,” Panetta said en route to the region for the umpteenth U.S. effort to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

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