Editorial & Opinion

Too Jewish?

Teaneck, N.J

I, like Ted Merwin, your newspaper’s theater critic, am also obsessed with Judaism (Culture View, Oct 26). He got it almost right when he admitted that Judaism for him is not necessarily the obsessive-compulsive rituals, but the Big Picture, which is the central credo of Judaism, the Shema, to be aware of God constantly. But he drops the ball when he writes that nearly everyone believes in God, so big deal. He continues to falter when he writes that being Jewish is not traditional religious behaviors but is instead a “state of mind.”

Not Uniform Automatons


It’s really too bad that the author’s ability to maintain a complex, multilayered identity comes at the cost of his ability to appreciate nuance in groups different from his own (Shmoozefeed blog on Post Day School Guilt Disorder).

Offended By Stereotypes Of Stern Women

Yeshiva University Class of 2012

My friends and I verily enjoyed reading Michael Snow’s Shmoozefeed blog, “A Serious Case of PDSGD (Post Day School Guilt Disorder”).

Sacrifice Of Ishmael Led To Isaac’s


Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:33 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 18:1-22:24
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 6:32 p.m.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

"Who’s Best For Israel?" Not A Simple Question

When it comes to the election, American-Jewish attitudes are closer to those of Israeli Arabs than Israeli Jews.

If Mitt Romney is elected president next week, Bibi Netanyahu will finally exhale, with a sigh of relief. The Israeli prime minister can feel confident that he will not be pressured to make peace with the Palestinian Authority anytime soon.

But is that a good thing?

A Nation In Need Of Healing


In the wake of a frighteningly widespread and devastating storm and on the eve of a high-stakes and bitter presidential election, much of our country is in need of healing and repair — physical, political and emotional.

Striving For Accessible And Relevant Jewish Education

Special To The Jewish Week

For the past several summers, sports, crafts and music have taken their place next to cooking, dancing and playing games for dozens of young children at Camp Nitzan in Teaneck, N.J.    

Harlene Winnick Appelman

Progress On `The Other Peace Process’


Kadi Iyad Zahalka, the judge of the Muslim Shariya court in Jerusalem of the state of Israel, and I were grateful for the opportunity to be able to present our ideas about “the other peace process” to a number of New York audiences in recent days.

The God Particle In All Of Us


On the night Hurricane Sandy roared in, as two giant trees sandwiched my house and pierced the garage roof, it felt like the world itself was crashing down.  We were seeing before our eyes an undoing of the primordial act of order.  In Genesis, a wind brought about a separation of earthly and heavenly waters, and then a separation of water from dry land.  But with Sandy, the waters of the deep appeared to be reclaiming that coastline and undoing that initial act of separation.

On Election Eve, A Rabbi Senses Anger

Differences Of Opinion Are Acceptable; Divisiveness Between People Is Not

I am not endorsing a candidate for the November 6 election.  I do have a strong opinion but that opinion is personal.

The reason for this message is because I sense a great deal of emotion – actually, anger – in the Jewish community as it faces a critical choice for America.  The anger is beneath the surface but every once in a while it reveals itself in vituperative and mean-spirited language that is expressed between otherwise well-meaning people.

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