Editorial & Opinion

New Directions In Assault On Israel’s Legitimacy

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds. 

Martin Raffel

A Perfect Firestorm For Anti-Semitism

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The story of world Jewry covering the past six decades must be defined as one of achievement and recognition. American Jews have achieved extraordinary success and influence, and Israel, despite threats to its existence, has flourished as a democracy, and absorbed and resettled millions of Jews. Yet, as the world marks the 80th anniversary of the rise of Nazism, the status of Jews in the world seems to be seriously eroding.

Steven Windmueller

The Tragedy Of Impossible Pluralism

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:38 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 16:1-20:27
Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenaz);
Ezekiel 20: 2-20 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 8:41 p.m

Rabbi Gidon Rothstein

Health Risks Of Meat Consumption

04/30/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Do you find yourself digging around for that last drop of beef in the Shabbos cholent pot? Dig this: all the beans you’re passing might be the real Shabbos treats!

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

The Case Against Ray Kelly

04/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

We were greatly distressed to read “The Case for Ray Kelly,” a statement of support for the NYPD commissioner in The New York Jewish Week (Feb. 10) by the leadership of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). The authors of this article, Alan S. Jaffe, Michael S. Miller and David M. Pollock, claim that Commissioner Kelly has made New York a safe place to live. We ask — safe for whom? Certainly not the Muslim community.

Celebrate Israel In Its Entirety

04/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week Online

For me, like for most Israelis, the two weeks between the end of Passover and Yom Haatzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day, are a time of year in which big concepts materialize in one’s daily life - our emergence as a people in the Exodus, the memory of the horrors of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, the remembrance, on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), of the Fallen, through the celebration of the founding of the State of Israel.

An Obesity Problem In The Orthodox Community?

04/25/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It is beautiful how much emphasis there is on Shabbat and holiday celebration in American Orthodoxy. However, the celebration of the values of health and exercise are sorely lacking in the community. Parents often do not stress health and exercise for their children, and day schools fall short on creating rigorous health programs. Happily, religious celebration need not compromise our commitment to health.  

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is president of Uri L’Tzedek and director of Jewish Life & Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.

‘60 Minutes’ Flat

04/24/2012
Editorial

Surely the folks at CBS do not think of themselves as biased against Israel. On the contrary, they surely see their work as thoroughly professional, fair to the bone. Nevertheless, last Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” report on Israel’s supposed oppression of Christianity was deeply flawed and failed the fairness test.

Israel At 64, Strong But On Edge

04/24/2012
Editorial

As the State of Israel marked its 64th anniversary of statehood this week, with its population approaching 8 million, it has never seemed as powerful — or as vulnerable.

The Jewish state is a vibrant, messy democracy. It is the spiritual center of the Jewish people, having fulfilled one of Zionism’s key missions in providing a haven for persecuted Jews from around the world despite being in a state of war with Arab neighbors since the day it was founded.

The Evidence Of Things Not Seen

04/24/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Each Shabbat evening we turn toward the door during “Lecha Dodi” to greet the “Sabbath Bride.” This tradition harkens back to the hills of 16th-century Safed and reminds us that Judaism cherishes what we cannot see.

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