Editorial & Opinion

Astounding Result In Pew Study

10/29/2013 - 20:00

I remain most surprised that Jewish commentators have not alluded to the number of persons Pew estimated are now non-Jews of Jewish background.

More Jews To Israel

10/29/2013 - 20:00

In the article “Less Attachment To Israel Among Younger Non- Orthodox” (Oct. 25), I was
happy to see that Rabbis Ammiel Hirsch and Rabbi Gerald Skolnik are sending
the youth of both the Conservative and Reform movements to visit Israel with
programs such as Birthright. 

Israel needs all Jews, no matter what affiliation. Please continue in these

J Street And Disaffected Youth

10/29/2013 - 20:00

The finding of the Pew Survey of “Less Attachment To Israel Among Younger
Non-Orthodox” (Oct. 25) can be attributed importantly to the
absence, at least until quite recently, of a forum where young Jews could
manifest support for Israel while criticizing Israeli government policies
many perceive to violate their values regarding human rights and social

Pew Response: Torah Is The Answer

10/29/2013 - 20:00

Are you finally ready to report the reality that the non-Orthodox denominations are the cause for the depressing findings the Pew survey?

On Noah’s Ark Closing

10/29/2013 - 20:00

I have difficulty recognizing myself in the comments attributed to me in Ted Merwin’s article (“Noah’s Ark Deli Sails,” Oct. 25). First off, I do not at all subscribe to the view that with the closing of Noah’s Art “an era has ended.” Noah’s Ark was never part of that era, and, it must be said, never possessed the magnetism, or popularity, of its predecessors.

Too Critical Of Israel

10/29/2013 - 20:00

In order to properly defend any position you have to understand the other side of the argument, and be thoroughly prepared to address it. If that were the goal of Irwin Mansdorf’s program, to provide participants with a broader perspective on issues pertaining to Israel and the Palestinians complete with the tools to better defend Israel’s position, then it would be beyond criticism (“Outside Of My Israel ‘Comfort Zone,’” Oct. 25).

The Mideast’s Odd Couple

10/29/2013 - 20:00

The Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program have America’s two most important Mideast allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia, on the same page in voicing their deep concerns.

Allianz, And Righting Past Wrongs

10/29/2013 - 20:00

Finding the balance between justice and revenge is always difficult, as is determining at what point, if ever, a wrongdoing should be forgiven, if not forgotten.

Others Have Rights, Too

10/29/2013 - 20:00

I wish to strongly disagree with your Editorial, “An Arresting Development In Israel” (Oct. 18).  In the real world, you don’t have the right to do whatever you want; you have to consider the sensibilities of others.

Religion Is Only One Way To Identify As A Jew

10/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For the past three decades, there have been many surveys looking at the notion of Jewish identity, Jews’ identification as Jews and their attachment to Judaism. Each one has resulted in depressing news. In characterizing these studies over the years, writers have used words such as “devastating,” “dismal” and “disturbing,” while others wrote some variation of “I thought there would be more American Jews who cared about religion.” But when it comes to the data in the new Pew Research Center study, the picture is more nuanced.

Marion L. Usher
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