Editorial & Opinion

Salaries For Terrorists


Everyone knows, even people who don’t really follow the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, that the Obama administration and numerous journalists and academics consider the settlements and sometimes even the announcement of new Israeli housing in Jerusalem, to be obstacles to a resumption of negotiations.

Terrible Timing


Gary Rosenblatt bemoans the swift and strong criticism against The Jewish Week for “Orthodoxy bashing” arising out of Hella Winston’s stinging criticism of Shomrim and the role it played in the search for Leiby Kletzky (“Is It ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek A Safer Community?” Aug. 5).

Russian Political Views


Your front-page story (“Young Russian Jews In Assimilation Bind,” Aug. 5) on integrating the Russian Jewish community “into the American Jewish mainstream” gave the impression that their political views seem to leave them outside of the mainstream. It suggested that “Jewish education will bring integration in its wake.”

Wrong On English Al Jazeera


I found that Stewart Ain’s “report” on Al Jazeera was fundamentally wrong (“Concern Over Al Jazeera English Network Here”). I realize he checked with his sources (CAMERA, etc.), but I must ask, has he watched their coverage?

Flawed On Multiculturalism


Unexceptionable commonplaces aside, David Galchinsky’s opinion piece, “Multiculturalism And the Lessons from Norway” by David Galchinksy (Aug. 5) is fatally flawed. Factual errors abound, including dismissing the unprecedented anti-Semitism of the ascendant Muslim demographic, which has revitalized latent anti-Semitism within Europe’s largely post-Christian cultures.

Naïve On Norway Attack


Michael Galchinsky’s plea in support of multiculturalism following the recent blood bath in Norway is indeed noble but patently naïve (“Multiculturalism And The Lessons From Norway,” Aug. 5).

Crown Heights Grand Jury


Although your several reports in last week’s edition commendably captured the atmosphere and horrors that surrounded the Crown Heights pogrom of August 1991, one misstatement and an accompanying omission should be rectified. As the attorneys who were called upon to represent the Lubavitch driver of the car that tragically — and accidentally — struck little Gavin Cato, my former law partner, Barry Slotnick, and I certainly had front-row seats to this appalling episode in the history of race relations in this city.

The Weekly Column, Shooting For 1,000

Editor And Publisher

A few summers back, while talking to my Mom on a Saturday night, I mentioned that my wife and I were packing for our vacation the next day but that I still hadn’t written my Jewish Week column for the upcoming issue and was feeling the pressure.

“Why don’t you skip a week,” said my Mom, who has since passed away. “Make ‘em miss you.”

After some initial resistance, I took her suggestion.

Gary Rosenblatt

Spirit Of The Law


The Israelites, having been slaves, are freed only to then receive God’s law. At first glance, this might seem to encumber them yet again. But slaves are subject not to law, but to will. The more law, the freer. Listen to R.W. Southern in his classic book “The Making of the Middle Ages” discuss the development of law:

A Sense Of Being Blessed

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:31 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3
Havdalah: 8:31 p.m.

“You shall eat, you shall be satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God…” [Deuteronomy 8:10].

Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan
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