Editorial & Opinion

A Pitch To Report Cyber Hate

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the aftermath of Ryan Braun’s suspension from Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, social media networks have witnessed an outpouring of impassioned commentary, including many anti-Semitic remarks made against Braun — nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer” for his Jewish heritage.

Abraham H. Foxman

Advancing New Reasons To Ordain Orthodox Women

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent conferral of the title “maharat,” the equivalent of “rabbi,” to three Orthodox women has rekindled a long-standing debate within the Orthodox community about ordaining women.

Elli Fischer

The Chief Rabbinate: My Beloved Turned Away

07/28/2013 - 20:00

Twenty years ago, Israel's Chief Rabbinate, which was founded by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the father of religious Zionism, was taken over by the ultra-Orthodox world view. This past week, with the election of two haredi Chief Rabbis, it emerged that ultra-Orthodox control of the Chief Rabbinate is going to continue for the next decade. This is a failure on three levels: political, religious, and cultural.

Survivor Backs Claims Conference

07/25/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am a Holocaust survivor who sits on the board of directors of the Claims Conference. At the recent annual board meeting, we discussed this year’s negotiations with the German government, which led to, among other benefits, an agreement that will result in $1 billion for homecare for Holocaust victims from 2014 through 2017.

YU Dilemma

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Thanks to Gary Rosenblatt for giving us such a well-balanced and intelligent analysis of the issues facing Yeshiva University for alleged past misdeeds (“The YU Impasse: Putting A Price On Sexual Abuse,” Editor’s Column, July 19). It would be easy, I guess, to take a strong position on either side — depending on one’s basic beliefs.

Kurtzer One-Sided

07/23/2013 - 20:00

When Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer embraces “advancing the peace process,” he means the same policy that has been the hallmark of the State Department for 46 years (“As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks,” July 12). Never mind that it has failed on each occasion.

Equal Obligations

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Gerald Steinberg, in his Opinion piece, “Beyond Tikkun Olam” (July 19), completely misrepresents Hillel’s famous dictum. Hillel said “If I
am not for me who will be for me and (italics) if I am only for me, what am I?” He
does not, as Steinberg says, enjoin us “first to be for ourselves, and then, with our security and survival in hand, to expand our commitment to people
who are outside the fold in need of assistance.” The two obligations are

Steinberg’s False Choice

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Contrary to Gerald M. Steinberg’s caricature, the American Jewish community
does not criticize Israel simply out of a naïve obsession with
humanitarianism (“Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha b’Av,” Opinion, 
July 19).

Describing Or Labeling?

07/23/2013 - 20:00

 I noted in the July 19 issue the use of the term “fervently Orthodox” not only in Joshua Mitnick’s article “For Haredi Soldiers, War On The Home Front,” but also in the letter to the editor by Janine Muller Sherr (the latter quite possibly added in brackets by the editorial staff after submission).

Reaching American Youth

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for his timely and thoughtful interview with Israeli Consul General Ado Aharoni, who puts forth eloquently the need for expanding the numbers of American youth beyond the “small circle of pro-Israel advocates who can be effective in making Israel’s case” (“We’re Changing The Conversation About Israel,” July 12).

As chairman of the board of the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL), founded in 1971 to win friends and support for Israel, I heartily concur with Aharoni, a tireless champion of the Jewish people, in his campaign to attract the young and enlarge the scope of the Israeli dialogue to include a focus on the considerable achievements of Israelis in multiple areas.

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