Editorial & Opinion

Israel Education


Too many Jewish teenagers are not prepared for the anti-Israel bias and propaganda they will encounter on college campuses, whether it is in the classroom or even a friendly gathering. Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the need for Israel education as a requirement for advocacy highlights a major problem in Jewish communities already short of resources (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” July 22).

Anti-Boycott Law


To those who claim that Israel’s new anti-boycott law goes too far in limiting freedom of expression (“Boycott Bill Generates Controversy,” July 15), the following question should be asked: “Do you also oppose Israel’s anti-incitement law?”

ZOA Supports Anti-Boycott Law


In your article about Israel’s new anti-boycott law, you state that the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) opposed its passage (“Boycott Law Generates Controversy,” July 15).

ZOA initially stated that before making a final determination, we must carefully “examine the law.” Now, after careful examination, the ZOA strongly sympathizes with its passage, as it helps protect Israel’s security and economic interests.

A Claims Conference Report To The Community

Special To The Jewish Week

Within the past year, the Claims Conference has obtained approximately $700 million in pledged funding from the German government for homecare for Holocaust victims through 2014, the result of intensive and prolonged negotiations with one focus: to provide the help that Nazi victims need in order to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. Having been abandoned by the world in their youth, the Claims Conference has been determined that they shall not also be abandoned in their final years.

Julius Berman

Israel’s Unfinished Symphony

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:57 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 33:1-36:13
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:01 p.m.

“Command the children of Israel: This is the land which shall fall to you as an inheritance, the land of Canaan and its boundaries” [Numbers 34:2].

Shlomo Riskin

Family Journeys, With The Falash Mura

Special To The Jewish Week

Recently I buried my stepfather in a Jewish cemetery in eastern Baltimore. He is now surrounded by his first wife, his machatunim (in-laws) and various friends and family members. In this cemetery, with its beautifully engraved headstones with Hebrew names, birthdates and Jewish stars, our close-knit family said Kaddish.

Jane Alpert

And The Temple Burned: Reflections On The KJ Fire

Special To The Jewish Week

This is a time of year when Jews are expected to think back and lament the flames that ravaged its two holy temples in Jerusalem. The three weeks that began on July 19th, the 17th of Tamuz, and will culminate on the 9th of Av, mark the period between the breaching of the city walls of Jerusalem and the ultimate destruction of the Temple.

How The Media Hijacked The Campaign To Free Gilad Shalit

Special To The Jewish Week

Something awful has happened to the campaign to free Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped more than five years ago.

The liberal Israeli media has transformed what began as a non-partisan consensus effort into a political confrontation. The media goal, alongside the rescue of Gilad, is to achieve the mass release of Palestinian terrorists.

The catch phrase “we must free Shalit at any cost" has come to mean at any cost that involves the release of Palestinian murderers from Israeli prisons. As if no other cost is a valid option.

Birthright Needs New Leadership

Special To The Jewish Week

For more than ten years now, Birthright Israel has succeeded in enhancing young people's Jewish identities and increasing their attachment to Israel. Like it or not, Birthright has been a silver bullet, the “it” brand in NextGen engagement, and the expectations have never been higher. Does Birthright Israel have the leadership in place to meet this new challenge?

Arguably, A Mitzvah

Special To The Jewish Week

Jewish tradition is full of argument, but argument is not its essence. Judaism is a system devoted to the sacred deed.

Mitzvot in all their array — ritual, ethical, colorful, mundane, God-directed, human-centered -- mitzvot are the central stuff of Judaism. What cannot be said can be enacted. The meaning of Shabbat candles is ultimately inexpressible; lighting is the language of ritual, at once less articulate and yet deeper than any words.

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