Editorial & Opinion

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

Sacrificial Lamm

07/09/2013 - 20:00

The news headline of “Norman Lamm Cites Mistakes As He Retires from YU” (July 5) misleadingly implies that he retired because of mistakes he made, even though the text of the article makes it clear that the “mistakes” occurred more than three decades ago.

Questions For Rabbis

07/09/2013 - 20:00

Regarding your editorial, “Time To Act On Agunot” (July 3), you rightly conclude that “it is time to increase social pressure on our rabbis to find
a way to make agunot a problem solved, not one that continues to stain our

RCA Active On Agunot

07/09/2013 - 20:00

In your July 3 editorial, “Time To Act On Agunot,” you took the Rabbinical Council of America to task for failing to pass a resolution at our recent convention mandating sanctions upon those rabbis who do not make use of a halachic prenuptial agreement.

The Company You Keep

07/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Recent studies on college roommates suggest that our cognitive styles — whether we face adversity with optimism or despair — are not fixed. After only three months roommates influence each other: the resilient ones change the approach of the pessimists, and vice versa. Once more the ancient wisdom is reaffirmed: we are not only known, but shaped, by the company we keep.

Rabbi David Wolpe

UJA-Federation Makes Its Mark

07/09/2013 - 20:00

For the last two decades, at least, there has been a widespread perception in some circles that Jewish federations were on their way to becoming dinosaurs, the victims of declining attachment to Jewish organizational institutions in general and centralized giving in particular, and accelerated by the serious decline in the economy. That may all be true in some communities, but not in New York, where UJA-Federation continues to set the standard not only for dollars raised but for exemplifying the kind of reach and depth that only a communal charity of its size and savvy can command.

Holding Hynes Accountable

07/09/2013 - 20:00

With her persistent and meticulous reporting, Hella Winston has shed light in these pages not only on a number of egregious examples of sexual abuse in certain segments of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn, but on the troublesome actions, or non-actions, on the part of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, and his office, in dealing with the problem.

Help From Helmsley?

'The Queen of Mean' appointed a trustee who is passionate about supporting Israel.
07/09/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Not all of Leona Helmsley’s fortune went to the dogs.

Gary Rosenblatt

How Tisha b’Av Turns Into A Holiday

07/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 1:1 - 3:22
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27
Havdalah: 9:17 p.m.
Tisha b’Av: July 15-16 (fast ends 9:05 p.m.)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Not Too Late To Learn The Lessons Of Evian

07/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This month marks the 75th anniversary of a conference on Jewish refugees held at the French resort town of Évian-les-Bains. Delegates from 32 nations gathered on July 6, 1938, at the posh Hôtel Royal at the behest of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their purpose was to discuss the swelling numbers of refugees fleeing the Nazis. Germany had already passed more than 100 anti-Jewish laws and had begun persecuting the Jews of Austria, which it had occupied a few months before the conference. At this point, Hitler was trying to force Jews out of the lands he conquered; the systematic murders of the six million had not yet begun.

Francine Klagsbrun
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