Editorial & Opinion

Agrees With Kurtzer

07/16/2013 - 20:00

If anyone is in a position to understand the impact of events in both Egypt
and Israel, it is Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer [former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel] (“As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks,” Opinion, July 12).

Lamm A Great Jewish Leader

07/16/2013 - 20:00

Rabbi Norman Lamm, one of the great Jewish leaders of the 20th century, has resigned his post [as chancellor and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University], and the public silence from the thousands who benefited from his leadership is deafening (“Norman Lamm Cites Mistakes As He Retires From YU,” July 5).

A Chief Rabbi For All Jews

07/16/2013 - 20:00

With the once-a-decade election of Israel’s two chief rabbis scheduled for July 24, Rabbi David Stav, the 53-year-old Religious Zionist candidate for the Ashkenazi post who is attempting to end the two-decade-long reign of the fervently Orthodox, has already achieved a significant victory. Through his long and very public campaign this year he has shed light on a process that has long been kept in the shadows, understandably, because it is ugly, nasty and an embarrassment to Judaism.

The EU’s Obstacle To Peace

07/16/2013 - 20:00

Among our Lamentations this week was the news on Tisha b’Av that the European Union would cease all funding and cooperation with Israeli activity beyond the Green Line (1967 borders). This diplomatic and economic ostracism includes not only the entirety of the West Bank but even the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem — the place, of course, of the Temple Mount and Kotel, our holiest sites.

The Road To Ruins

07/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Ruins are a catalyst to imagination. When we see the remains of an old building or civilization we can imagine what once stood in that place. Should you travel this summer, notice the inspiration of lost splendor. Gaps and flaws and remnants are the spur to vision.

Rabbi David Wolpe

The YU Impasse: Putting A Price On Sexual Abuse

Sorting through conflicting interests when it comes to compensation for alleged victims.
07/16/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

A few days before Tisha b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, I sat down and read a modern-day version of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Self-Sacrifice Of Moses

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 9:11 p.m.

Freema Gottlieb

Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha b’Av

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Tisha b’Av — the day of mourning for the loss of both Temples in Jerusalem and for the end of Jewish sovereignty until 1948 — is often marked by turning inwards, by examining the senseless hatred and other societal failures that the Talmud blames for the destruction and exile. (It fell earlier this week.) For some, this is a day to focus on tikkun olam (repairing the world) and to heed the words of the Prophets by protesting against corrupt leaders and injustice.

Gerald M. Steinberg

Halachic Template For Women’s Ordination Isn’t New

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Modern Orthodox Yeshivat Maharat’s investiture of three women as halachic and spiritual leaders has drawn rapturous praise from the non-Orthodox world, including the liberal Jewish press.  The ordination ceremony — attended by enthusiastic representatives of the progressive and Orthodox communities alike — has been acclaimed in print as “a landmark event in Jewish history” and “a revolution … to be praised and admired.”

Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg

Lamm’s Honesty

07/09/2013 - 20:00

I hope everyone has read Rabbi Norman Lamm’s entire letter [of his resignation as chancellor and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University]. It is an incomparable
example of honesty and humility, as well as a prescription for all of us to

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