Editorial & Opinion

The Times vs. Israel?

12/20/2011
Editorial

We have a long history of defending The New York Times in the face of criticism from many in our community that the paper of record has an anti-Israel bias. We have decried boycotts against the Times as foolhardy and ineffective, and in public panels and lectures we have sought to point out the distinctions between reporting that doesn’t conform to Jerusalem’s version of events and outright bias.

An Apology On Tebow Column

12/20/2011
Editorial

We apologize for publishing an Opinion column last week by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman entitled “My Problem With Tim Tebow,” the Denver Broncos quarterback who is an Evangelical Christian. The column, in fact, violated our own standards calling for civility in posting comments on our website. The policy statement notes that “name calling in any form will not be tolerated, and comments that denigrate any religion or Jewish religious stream will always be rejected.”

The column was removed from our website the day it was posted.

The Reconciliation Of Hellenism And Judaism

12/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 41:1–44:17; Numbers 7:30-41
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 5:18 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

Stop The Noise, Start The Work Of Improving Education

12/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Civil discourse and hands-on service, if done well, can lead to lasting positive change in the world. Rabid arguments, unleashed aggressively, will do the opposite.

For those on the extreme right of the Israeli-Palestinian argument, anyone who does not believe that the disputed land should be fully part of Israel is an anti-Zionist. For those on the far left, anyone who declines volunteering in a Palestinian village is a racist. And week after week, it seems one organization or another is derided for something as simple as planning a service trip to Israel.

Jon Rosenberg

The Jews Of Cuba: Like A Cigar That Wouldn’t Go Out

12/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

It is often difficult to sustain certain things in life. Relationships end merely because one friend does not return another’s phone call, and the ability to use a language may be lost if we don’t use it every day.

But my recent trip to Cuba proved how remarkably resilient some things can be. The Jewish community there was able to withstand 30 years of silence, only to grow stronger.

Kyle Koeppel

The Jews Of Cuba: Like A Cigar That Wouldn't Go Out

12/16/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

It is often difficult to sustain certain things in life. Relationships end merely because one friend does not return another’s phone call, and the ability to use a language may be lost if we don’t use it every day.

But my recent trip to Cuba proved how remarkably resilient some things can be. The Jewish community there was able to withstand 30 years of silence, only to grow stronger.

The Role of the Divine in Social Change: Where is God in Tikkun Olam?

12/14/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Why is it that, at a typical American Jewish social justice event, no one invokes one of God’s names? When our movement openly accepts the role of the Divine in social change and in moral development, we embrace the most powerful part of our tradition.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, Director of Jewish Life and Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.

At Crossroads, Reform Jewry Focuses On Transformation

A new leader promising ‘big tent’ outreach must also deal with dissent from within.

12/13/2011
Editor and Publisher

This week’s biennial convention of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), marking the transition to new leadership at the helm, is being hailed as a celebration, and one can see why.

Gary Rosenblatt

Children Of The Wilderness

12/13/2011

 

In his autobiography “Anti-Memoirs,” French writer André Malraux tells of running across an old friend with whom he fought in the war. The friend has become a parish priest and Malraux, seeing his compatriot anew after two decades, asks him what he has learned from years of listening to people’s confessions.

A Time Of Zealots

12/13/2011
Editorial

Chanukah is the festival brought to us by Jewish zealots. It was the military victory of guerrilla fighters and rogues against Greek-Syrian repression. In victory they were rehabilitated by history. Time has a way of sanitizing and forgiving inappropriate actions in the pursuit of appropriate goals. Pass the latkes.

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