Editorial & Opinion

Patrilineal Divisions


There is much to commend in Rabbi Richard Jacobs’ letter celebrating the Reform movement’s policy of “reaching out to non-Jewish spouses who increasingly were within our families and congregations” (Letters, June 1). 

Rabbi Jacobs rightly attributes this policy to Rabbi Alexander Schindler, who was the professional head of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations during a period of significant change within Reform movement.

Haredi Hostility


Rabbi Richard Jacobs writes that Reform Judaism is a better alternative than haredi Judaism for a gentile seeking to convert (Letters, June 1). It’s a Hobson’s choice.

Tikkun Olam


Did I miss a sentence in Gary Rosenblatt’s glowing column, (“Putting ‘Tikkun Olam’ To The Ultimate Test,” June 1), or were the Palestinians overlooked?How can we avoid the point of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement by not starting Tikkun Olam right in Israel’s front yard?


Absurd Claims


As rock-ribbed Ohio Republicans it is unlikely Ron Richards and his wife would ever vote for any Democratic nominee for president, let alone one who is also an African American (“Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November,” June 1).

Unfair To Ohio


As a Jew who lived his first 30 years in Ohio, and second in New York, I wanted to call out Stewart Ain’s slanted article about Ohio Jews, which focused on the southern river town of Cincinnati (“Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November,” June 1).

Though both in Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland are about as similar as New York City and Buffalo.

Sex-Abuse Cover Ups: The Mesirah Mess

Special To The Jewish Week

There has been considerable consternation and media coverage of late about how child sex abuse cases are handled in the haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, community. The Brooklyn district attorney, no doubt feeling the pressure, is now pushing for legislation that would require rabbis to report such crimes to the authorities. This scandal has been discussed for years in The Jewish Week and other Jewish media, and recently in The New York Times, with reports of how informants are routinely shunned and victims banned from reporting abuse to the authorities.

Joshua Hammerman

Demjanjuk’s Last Trial, And Its Implications

Special To The Jewish Week

As a representative of the Sobibor survivors at the last trial of John Demjanjuk, convicted of Nazi war crimes before his death at 91 last March, I offer a perspective on the trial, which was fair and without bias.

Martin Mendelsohn

A Rebbe For A New Generation

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:08 p.m.
Torah: Num 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:16 p.m. 

The Jewish people seemed poised for entry into the Promised Land when suddenly the nation became a group of kvetchers, “The people were as murmurers, speaking evil in the ears of the Lord… saying ‘who will feed us meat? … Remember the fish which we ate in Egypt for free, the cucumbers, the watermelons, the onions and the garlic?’” [Numbers 11:1-5]

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Jewish Social Justice in Post-Apartheid South Africa?

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I have been full of curiosity since we arrived in Cape Town two weeks ago as scholar-in-residence. What would an Orthodox Social Justice movement look like in post-apartheid South Africa? What unique opportunities does the Jewish community have in 2012 to address the racial and economic dynamics that still plague the region?

Similar to the Civil Rights movement, Jews were overrepresented in the struggle against apartheid. Many distinguished themselves in the struggle against apartheid, including:

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz visits the former jail cell of Nelson Mandela.

Putting ‘Tikkun Olam’ To The Ultimate Test

Bold new project is challenging Israel and the diaspora to transform themselves and the world.

Editor And Publisher

A century after the publication of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the anti-Semitic Russian hoax claiming Jews were seeking to take over the world, a small group of Israeli and American Jews — think of them as The Youngers of Zion — has spent the last 18 months formulating what it calls “an audacious plan” to repair the world.

Gary Rosenblatt
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