Editorial & Opinion

How Tisha b’Av Turns Into A Holiday

07/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 1:1 - 3:22
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27
Havdalah: 9:17 p.m.
Tisha b’Av: July 15-16 (fast ends 9:05 p.m.)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Not Too Late To Learn The Lessons Of Evian

07/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This month marks the 75th anniversary of a conference on Jewish refugees held at the French resort town of Évian-les-Bains. Delegates from 32 nations gathered on July 6, 1938, at the posh Hôtel Royal at the behest of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their purpose was to discuss the swelling numbers of refugees fleeing the Nazis. Germany had already passed more than 100 anti-Jewish laws and had begun persecuting the Jews of Austria, which it had occupied a few months before the conference. At this point, Hitler was trying to force Jews out of the lands he conquered; the systematic murders of the six million had not yet begun.

Francine Klagsbrun

As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks

07/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When turmoil erupts in the Middle East, it is understandable to ask about the impact of events on Israel, on its treaties with Egypt and Jordan, and on its overall security. Given Israel’s ever-precarious security situation, the changing geopolitics of the region tends to have a magnified impact on Israel’s political and security perspectives. Such is the case today with the fluid situation in Egypt.

Daniel Kurtzer

Mideast Status Quo A Danger

07/02/2013 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt is correct in his assertion that “meaningful and effective change must come from within” for
Israel to pursue peace with the Palestinians (“Is ‘Change From Within’ Israel’s New Mantra?” June 28). That is why it is imperative
for those of us living outside the country to impress upon Israelis the peril
posed by the status quo.

Gratitude To The Red Army

07/02/2013 - 20:00

 Regarding professor David A. Fishman’s enlightening Opinion piece (June 7) discussing “Our Debt To The Red Army: Now It Can Be Told.”

Hoffman Fan

07/02/2013 - 20:00

I appreciate Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman’s scholarly, sensitive and inspirational comments on the weekly Torah portion when they appear in The Jewish Week. 

Claims Conference Woes

07/02/2013 - 20:00

The shenanigans going on with the Claims Conference for Holocaust funds is reprehensible (“We Cannot Investigate Ourselves … And Expect To Resolve Doubts, June 7).

Futurist’s Predictions

07/02/2013 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt’s very helpful review of the new edition of “2048” by David Passig raises more than a few concerns (“Futurists Warning To Israel: Don’t Overreach,” May 17).

Olim And American Values

07/02/2013 - 20:00

In a letter to the editor in the May 31 issue, Alan Levin writes that Israel should deny equal treatment to the Reform and Conservative movements because most of their members “are olim [emigrants] from North America” and, he fears, have American values. He could not be more wrong.

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